June 16, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Athletics Department announced on Thursday the hiring of Marcie Powell as the new head spirit squad coach. Powell will oversee all of UW's cheerleading and dance squads. She comes to UW with 15 years experience teaching cheer and dance. For the past eight years, she has been the head cheer and dance coach for Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo.
"I'm in awe of the sense of community at the University of Wyoming," said Powell. "The support I've been shown already and the support I see given to all the sport programs is unparalleled. I'm honored to be a part of this community, and I'm excited to get to work at increasing the levels of excellence and pride in the Spirit Program at the University of Wyoming."
While serving as the head cheer and dance coach at Poudre High School, Powell was involved in: coaching and choreographing the cheer team routines, fundraising, scheduling, hiring and training assistant coaches, coordinating promotional events with other areas of Poudre High School, serving as a judge for high school and college tryouts and high school competitions, and hosting cheer and dance clinics for youth. She has also been a physical education/dance teacher at Poudre High School from August 2001 to the present.
In addition to serving as the head cheer and dance coach at Poudre High School from August 2003 to the present, Powell also owned The Dance Warehouse, L.L.C. in Fort Collins from 2003 to 2008. She started up The Dance Warehouse and grew the business to 150 students. During that time, Powell not only taught dance but served as a guest presenter at conventions across the county on how to build a successful dance school. She also was active as a judge at numerous national competitions and led performance and educational tours in Italy, Mexico and the United States.
Powell has been certified as a coach by the National Cheerleaders Association, the Universal Cheerleaders Association and the National Dance Alliance.
She received her bachelor's degree in history education from Brigham Young University in 1999, and completed her master's degree in educational leadership from Colorado State in 2010.
Tryouts for the UW Spirit Squads will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22 at the UW Athletics Department. For more information on the UW Spirit Squad tryouts, contact Powell at (307) 766-4940.