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Former WCU Cheerleader Kimberly Lane Cherry Named New Head Coach

April 12, 2004

Cullowhee, N.C. - Kimberly Lane Cherry, who cheered for Western Carolina from August of 1997 to April of 2001, has been named the new Catamount head cheerleading coach, WCU athletics director Jeff Compher has announced. Cherry earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Western in December of 2001 and becomes the fifth active head coach at WCU to return to their alma mater, joining Angell Benson (volleyball), Kent Briggs (football), Todd Raleigh (baseball) and Danny Williamson (cross country/track and field).

"I was fortunate to be able to watch Kim when she cheered here at Western and witnessed her passion for the squad and WCU athletics," Compher said. "She remained associated with the squad after graduating and, as an assistant, helped lead the team to its highest ever finish at Nationals. I have been very impressed with her leadership and integrity and am glad to have her back here at Western."

The Denver, N.C., native is currently pursuing her master's degree at Clemson University and is on schedule to graduate in May of 2004 with her degree in counselor education. Cherry is currently serving as a graduate assistant for the Michelin Career Center at Clemson and as a study hall monitor for the Student-Athlete Enrichment Program at Clemson as well.

While in Cullowhee, Cherry completed her student teaching at Fairview School in Sylva, while also serving as a reading tutor at the school and the assistant spirit coach at WCU from April of 2001 - April 2002. As the assistant spirit coach, she planned, led and oversaw practices, games and special appearances; installed cheerleading routines for the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament and helped choreograph routines for the National Cheerleaders Association National Competition. Cherry has also worked as a cheerleading camp instructor in Matthews, N.C.

Cherry served as a captain on the Catamount cheerleading squad from 1998-2001 and was also a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity in which she was an American Red Cross and Children's Miracle Network volunteer and a Junior Executive Committee chairwoman. The former Catamount was on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 1998-2001 and was voted the MVP of her squad all four years.

WCU will be holding cheerleading tryouts this weekend (Apr. 16-18) in Reid Gym for the 2004-05 season. For a complete schedule and information, visit catamountsports.com and go to the Cheerleading page on the website.

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