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Oakdale High Cheer Program Gets New Coaching Staff
For the first time in 12 years, the Oakdale High School cheerleading team is getting a new coaching staff. From left, Kelsi Morris, freshman coach; Cassie England, varsity; and Megan Reid, junior varsity. Brooke Chau/The Leader

‘Mustang Born, Mustang Bred, Going To Be A Mustang, ‘Til The Day They’re Dead.’

That’s the mantra for the new corps of coaches as the Oakdale High School cheerleading team has gotten an all new staff for the first time in 12 years. It was time to pass the pom poms down to new coaches, as Heather Todd Vieira and Sherry Kupper have been coaching the cheerleaders of Oakdale High for more than a decade.

Oakdale High School Class of 2018 alum, Cassie England, tackles a new role as the head coach of the OHS varsity cheer team. Coaching alongside England is OHS Class of 2020 alumnae, Megan Reid, coaching junior varsity and Kelsi Morris coaching at the freshman level.

The new coaching staff is fresh off the field and ready to coach the cheerleaders of Oakdale High. Cheerleading is in their blood as all three coaches combined have 14 years of Oakdale cheer experience under their collective belt.

“I am excited to be a part of this new generation of Oakdale cheer,” explained England. “My goal as a coach is to make sure all athletes feel equal and instill a strong mentorship between all three squads.”

All three squad levels have already been determined based on tryouts earlier in the year. Fifty-four girls will represent OHS cheer this season. Practices were to begin July 8 where social distancing will be fully enforced including a limit of 18 athletes to one coach while keeping distance guidelines in effect.

“I am prepared to coach over Zoom if needed. My goal for my particular team is to always have something to perform at games,” said Reid.

The OHS cheer team has been entertaining on the sidelines of The Corral for generations. The OHS fall sports schedule is still up in the air due to COVID-19. However, England, Reid and Morris are confident they will have their athletes prepared and ready to entertain at the half-time show when the time arrives.