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Lyon College welcomed Kristen McMullin as the new head cheer and dance coach at the end of January. Since then, Coach McMullin has been making tremendous progress in building up the current cheerleading squad and recruiting potential squad members for the 2018-2019 school year. Her bright personality, endearing enthusiasm, and fresh perspective bring a promising future for the Lyon Cheer and Dance programs. I had the opportunity to speak with Coach McMullin to find out more about her and discuss the plans and goals that she has for the new competitive cheerleading and dance squads.
What drew you to Lyon College?
Honestly, the opportunity to coach a competitive cheer and dance team is what drew me to Lyon. I am originally from Batesville, and I was well aware of the school’s prestigious reputation.
How do you plan on building the program up?
My plan is to start with current students by giving them an opportunity to be a part of history. As you may know, this will be Lyon’s first ever competitive cheer and dance teams, which is so exciting and definitely something to take pride in. Also, I am currently recruiting students with a tremendous amount of heart and a serious work ethic, and I believe, with this combination, the program will begin to mold and shape itself.
What do you want the respective teams to achieve this season?
In the upcoming season, my goal is for the teams to become stronger physically and mentally. I know we will see an increase in self-confidence, skill level, and in overall team building.
How do you feel as though your past experiences have prepared you for your work at Lyon?
In my past experience, building something from the foundation up seems to be a reoccurring thing in my career history. I consider
myself a visionary and seeing something through, from beginning to end, definitely gives me a sense of accomplishment. It can also be an encouragement to others. It is the idea that just because you cannot physically see something at this moment does not mean that it doesn’t exist or that it cannot be achieved.
What do you plan on doing to prepare the squads for competition season?
Strength and Conditioning, Training, Practice... Repeat
How is recruiting going so far?
Recruiting is going great! I have met some extremely talented, intelligent cheer and dance athletes. They have been touring campus, and I’ve sent out several scholarship offers.
How do you feel the campus reaction to the new teams has been?
Coming in at the close of basketball season, so far, I feel like the reaction has been positive.
Stay tuned for the upcoming 2018-2019 season because we’re just getting started!
Cheer and Dance Tryouts for the 2018-2019 school year will be held March 27th through the 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to be a part of the first competitive NAIA cheerleading and dance squads not only at Lyon College, but in the state of Arkansas, please contact Coach McMullin for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.