Memphis, Tenn. (September 2010) – USA cheer has announced the coaching staff and training facility for Team USA’s 2010-2011’s season.
Sherry Cooney will return as head coach for the all girl team for Team USA, with Tony Nash as the assistant coach. Cooney has National Championships as an athlete and coach. She has coached teams at George Mason University and the University of West Georgia, and is also a certifier for the safety organization, AACCA. Nash, former coach for the National Champion Morehead State University team, is the current coach of the all girl team at Indiana University, and is joining the Team USA coaching staff for his third year.
David McDowell will be the head coach for the coed team for the second year in a row after leading the team to a world championship in 2010. McDowell, a former National Champion at the University of Kentucky, has more than 10 years of coaching experience and is the current coach at the University of Alabama. Leroy McCullough, coach for Oklahoma State University’s spirit squads, who won two National Championships under his leadership, will serve as assistant coach.
Choreography responsibilities for the teams will be shared by Brad Habermel and Justin Carrier. Habermel, a former University of Louisville cheerleader is co-owner of Cheer Athletics, and has choreographed routines for teams all over the world, as well as bowl games and the served on the 1996 Olympics Opening Ceremonies choreography team. Carrier cheered at University of North Texas and has choreographed routines for dozens of championship high school, all star and college teams. He was recently inducted into the USASF Hall of Fame for his contributions to the all star cheerleading community.
“We are excited to be working with this first class team of coaches,” says Bill Seely, Executive Director of USA Cheer, the governing body of cheerleading in the United States. “They are some of the best coaches our sport has to offer in training and fostering well rounded athletes from every segment of cheerleading.”
The training headquarters for Team USA this year will be at Champion Cheer, owned by Jennifer Graham and James Johnson. “The entire Champion Cheer family is so excited to host Team USA,” says Graham. “Training side by side with the best cheerleaders in the nation will be a true inspiration for our athletes. We are honored to support Team USA as they go for the gold!”
Team USA will compete against teams from more than 60 other countries from around the world in April 2011 at the ICU World Championships in Orlando, Florida. Over the last two years, Team USA has taken home 11 gold medals and one silver. Cheerleaders interested in trying out for the team can visit the USA Cheer website at http://usacheer.net for more information.
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of “Stunt.” USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.
For more information, contact Sheila Noone at 901-251-5959.