Eastern to add competitive co-ed cheerleading to athletics program
WILBURTON, OK (May 27, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will add co-educational competitive cheerleading to its expanding athletics program beginning this fall.
Greg Warren, Eastern’s athletic director and dean of students, said the addition of both competitive cheerleading and men’s and women’s soccer next year will enhance the college’s existing athletic programs. Eastern currently competes in men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“The addition of co-ed cheerleading now brings the total number of Eastern’s competitive sports teams to seven,” Warren said. “This new program gives more opportunities for prospective student-athletes to compete at the collegiate level, while creating a fun and spirited environment on campus and at home games.”
Eastern currently has a cheerleading squad that acts as a spirit organization and does not participate in competitions. The new squad will operate as a college-sponsored athletic program, taking part in regional and national competitions.
Warren said a nationwide search for a full-time head coach for the program is currently underway. He expects to build a team of approximately 20 to 25 student-athletes during the first year and scholarships will be available.
“We look forward to providing student-athletes with an opportunity to extend their competitive athletic careers, as well as earn a high quality degree at Eastern,” Warren said.
Prospective student-athletes interested in the cheerleading program should contact Warren at 918-465-1818.