News Release

Dalton State Names Competitive Cheer Coach

October 9, 2012

Robyn Newell
Robyn Newell

Rossville native Robyn Newell has been named Head Competitive Cheer Coach for Dalton State College. Newell, who has more than 13 years of experience in coaching and instructing competitive cheer, gymnastics, and tumbling will start on a part-time basis on October 15.

She has most recently worked out of Jill’s Gymnastics in Rossville, but will be heavily involved with the new Creative Arts Guild Gymnasium in Dalton, moving forward, as the Creative Arts Guild and the Athletic Department form a partnership.

“To be honest, competitive cheer was not on the early radar as an immediate athletic offering, but the overwhelming popularity of this emerging sport and the ability to increase enthusiasm for, and within, the department sold me on its potential,” said Derek Waugh, Athletic Director.

“It will also be a great way to drive enrollment and get more young people involved in intercollegiate athletics at Dalton State,” he said. “Although cheer is normally associated with football and basketball, I would like them to be involved in other team sports like soccer and volleyball and we will make sure that they are able to compete as a squad at national competitions representing Dalton State in competitive cheer. I think Robyn is a great fit with her local ties, expertise in teaching the sport and her overall enthusiasm.”

“It is exciting to be part of such a relatively new, yet incredible, athletics department,” says Newell. “I am very proud to call myself a Roadrunner. Today’s cheerleaders are serious male and female athletes who demonstrate high academic performance and model community leadership on campus. While our main focus will be on supporting Dalton State athletics and spreading spirit throughout campus and the community, we also plan on being a very competitive squad that competes nationally with all schools at major competition.”

Dalton State’s competitive cheer program will begin immediately with on-campus tryouts scheduled for the spring and Coach Newell will be on campus and out in the community recruiting men and women to comprise the squad.

Coach Newell is married to Jordan Newell and has one daughter, Braylee, age 4. The Newells currently reside in Rossville.

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