CU Harrodsburg made two announcements Thursday morning, as they announced the addition of a cheerleading program to the campus. They also named the first coach of the program in Morgan Watkins.
"Cheerleading is something we feel will add to the overall athletic department at CU Harrodsburg," said Dalton Christopher, Athletic Director. "Having a team that is built on promoting the spirit and energy of our athletic teams is something I am excited about, and I think as the team grows it will add another essential dynamic to our program."
Morgan Watkins, an academic advisor at CU Harrodsburg, will add cheerleading coach to her resume. Watkins has a long list of experience when it comes to cheerleading, she hopes to build the culture in Harrodsburg.
"I'm really excited because I think it will afford students the opportunity to cheer in our University, and it will provide a great opportunity for students to build something," said Watkins. "They get to further their education while also taking part in something they love."
Watkins started cheering in third grade and advanced all the way through high school. She pursued other options when she started college, and said she knows that students at this age are in a formative stage that she hopes to help develop.
"My goal is for our team to be working together and have a great experience," she said. "I want us to be able to have developed routines for sidelines, half time and time outs to build off of going forward."
Watkins has hit the road fast in recruiting, as she has several potential students already in contact. One of her first priorities is naming an assistant coach, and she already has one in mind.
"I want to build the foundation," said Watkins. "It takes a lot of dedication and commitment. As of now I have a really open mind about what direction to take."
Watkins said she is looking for attitude above everything else in her first team, as she knows that teamwork and chemistry is an essential part of the cheer culture.
"Anyone who has been on a cheerleading team knows one person with a negative attitude will spoil the experience," she said.
She hopes that "The community is full of excitement with cheerleading" when it comes to Harrodsburg next year. She wants local students to see this as an opportunity to have another option for students to come and cheer at the collegiate level.