PLYMOUTH, N.H. - After eight years as the head cheerleading coach at Plymouth State University, including the past two years as coach of a varsity program, Carrie Kiley has announced she is stepping down from her position.
Kiley has been Plymouth State's cheerleading coach since 2000, when the team was a club program. She was instrumental in helping the program move to the varsity level in 2006, and has guided the team to several strong finishes in competitions at the national level. In addition to performing at all home men's and women's basketball games, the Panthers earned a second place at the 2007 Open College Nationals in Myrtle Beach. She took the team to the 2008 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in January.
"We would like to thank Carrie for all of her hard work in the transition of cheerleading from a club activity to a varsity sport," said PSU Director of Athletics John Clark. "Under Carrie's guidance, the cheerleaders always represented Plymouth State very well, whether it was performing at our athletic contests or competing in various competitions. She did a great job and we will miss her. We wish her the best of luck."
Kiley plans to enter a new business venture and will remain in Plymouth.
"It is with a heavy heart that I step down from coaching cheerleading at PSU," said Kiley. "I am very fortunate to have worked with such a supportive group of people. The cheerleading program has grown leaps and bounds since I started eight years ago and I couldn't be prouder to have been a part of that. I wish PSU all the best in the future years."
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