Coastal Carolina University is registering students for cheerleading tryouts - but they don’t have a head coach yet.
Tryouts are scheduled for July 23 and 24. Students interested in registering can click here or register at http://www.goccusports.com/ot/coas-cheer-team.html.
In March, the entire 2016-17 cheer team was suspended amid allegations of prostitution and providing alcohol to minors, among others, according to a criminal investigation report and an anonymous letter sent to CCU president David DeCenzo. No cheerleaders were ever charged and the criminal investigation was closed May 19.
According to the school’s cheerleader contract and welcom packet, veteran cheerleaders are not guaranteed a spot on the team, but the tryouts are open to all eligible students.
Meet the head coach candidates
So far, five people have applied for the paid head coaching position.
Previously, coaches such as Maureen Sullivan were volunteer coaches who did not receive a salary from the university.
This position will be paid, but the school would not say how much money the coach will make until an offer is extended.
The following is information about the candidates taken from their job applications. The application list the candidate’s education but do not provide the years that their degrees were earned.
Willeford has an extensive background in medicine, with several medical field degrees from the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina Wilmington according to her resume.
She co-owns Coastal Carolina Integrated medicine which offers pain management, health coaching and addiction recovery programs, among others according to the company’s website.
Morris earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Upper Iowa University where he works as the school’s spirit coordinator, according to his job application.
He’s worked at Upper Iowa since 2016 and his duties include coordinating the dance and cheer team, organizing the team’s practices and recruiting athletes from in and out of the state, according to his application.
Conroy holds a degree in history from Columbus State University and a degree in professional counseling from the University of West Georgia, according to his job application.
He’s been employed as the assistant cheer coach at Columbus State University since 2014 where is assists in the creation and execution of game day choreography and cheerleading routines, according to his application.
Almeida holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from George Mason University, according to his job application.
He’s been the head cheerleading coach at Jacksonville State University since 2013 where he coordinates game day activities for the spirit program, maintains a balanced budget of financial records and handles administrative duties and recruits student athletes from across the United States, according to his application.
Stelt holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Texas, El Paso and a master’s degree in recreation and sports sciences from Ohio University, according to her job application.
She’s been a cheer coach in the El Paso Independent School District since 1993, first at Jefferson High School and then Coronado High School when she transferred there in 1998, according to her application.