Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - University of Rio Grande athletic director Jeff Lanham recently announced the hiring of Kristy Haynes as the school's new cheer coach.
Haynes brings 11 years of experience to URG after previously serving as a coach for the Ohio Valley All-Stars, where her duties included all aspects of cheering, from tumbling and jumps to stunts and motions. She also choreographed many all-star and high school routines.
"I am very excited to join the coaching staff at Rio Grande," Haynes said. "I'm hoping to build a strong cheer program that new students will check out and, hopefully, come to school here."
Haynes said the broad scope of her previous coaching experience is already paying dividends.
"My previous experience has allowed me to start from ground zero," she said. "Most of the cheerleaders are from Ohio, which is a non-stunting area. I've been able to show the correct progression of stunting to the squad and this has allowed them to progress very quickly. Hopefully, that added confidence will show come game time."
Haynes has a squad 20 members - 19 females and one male - strong. It's a figure that she'd like to see become even larger.
"I'd would love to be able to increase the number of kids in order to have an even more competitive team," she said. "I think that making the team co-ed this year will bring more male students here to cheer."
Haynes is a 1990 graduate of Warren High School in Vincent, Ohio.
She currently serves as a Direct Service Provider for REM Community Option in Boaz, WV, caring for adults with special needs.