Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - University of Rio Grande athletic director Jeff Lanham has announced the hiring of Taylor Butler as the school's new cheerleading coach.
A native of Jackson, Ohio, Butler is a graduate of both Oak Hill High School and The Ohio State University. She was a member of the women's basketball coaching staff last season.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Redstorm coaching staff and rebuilding a program with a fresh foundation that will establish a sense of pride, dedication, and hard work," Butler said. "I plan to have 8-10 cheerleaders for the 2016-2017 season. I come with many years of cheer experience and I plan to bring plenty of enthusiasm to my squad as we prepare for the upcoming year."
In addition to coaching, Butler also works in the Admissions Office at the University of Rio Grande, coordinating College Credit Plus and recruiting. She is also currently pursuing a Masters of Education Degree with an emphasis on Athletic Coaching Leadership at Rio.
"We are very fortunate to have coach Butler remain part of the Rio family as the cheer coach," Lanham said. "Her commitment and enthusiasm for the sport will provide quality leadership for our student-athletes."
Butler played four seasons for head coach Doug Hale's Lady Oaks basketball team at Oak Hill, posting a record of 87-13 during her prep career. Oak Hill reached the Elite Eight in two of her four seasons in the program and was the Ohio Division III State Runner-Up in 2009.
As for her new coaching position, Butler will be building from the ground up.
She will be on the Rio campus Saturday, Aug. 20 - which doubles as move-in day for students - for students interested in trying out for the squad. Hopefuls will fill out a form with their contact information and cheer experience.
"I haven't set a specific date yet, but we will definitely be having tryouts in September," said Butler, who has experience in competitive cheerleading. "Once I get an idea of how many want to try out, I will reach out to them with a specific date based on the contact info they give me."
Butler added that she knows the task in front of her is a daunting one.
"There's plenty of planning to get done for the months ahead, but I'm ready to take on the challenge and work hard to create a fun atmosphere with halftime dance routines and stunting," she said. "We'll be doing a few fundraisers this year, as well as ordering new uniforms, team shoes, and other gear. In the long run, I want a squad who'll have a competitive spirit and be willing to work just as hard as other team sports. This year is all about growing and gaining back the respect that cheerleading deserves. With commitment and a positive attitude it can be done."