September 23, 2009

Stacy Smith Tabbed To Lead FSU Cheerleading

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department recently announced the appointment of Stacy Smith as the school's new cheerleading head coach.

Smith will guide the Bulldogs' cheerleading program and takes over following the recent departure of former head coach Amber Troyer.

"I am extremely excited to have Stacy join our staff and give direction to our cheerleading squad," said FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic.  "She brings a refreshing perspective for the squad to use as their focus for contributing to our home game environment.

The students on the team are excited to have her as their coach and I join them with that enthusiasm."

Most recently, Smith served since 2008 as the interim director of athletics and community education for the Kent City (Mich.) Community School District where she was responsible for the supervision of all athletics programs, including scheduling, budgeting, rules compliance and additional duties.

While with Kent City, Smith has also served as president of the Michigan Cheer Judges Association (MCJA) based in East Lansing.  During her time as president of the organization, Smith has been responsible for rules development, competitive cheer rule interpretation and has worked as a color analyst for the state championships via Fox Sports Detroit.  Since 2002, Smith has also assisted the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) as an independent contractor working in a similar role.

A founding member of the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan, Smith is a past member of the MCCA Scholarship Program, a former executive member of the Allegan Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Plainwell Chamber of Commerce.

Smith's past includes significant cheerleading experience at the prep level.  She was the Plainwell Varsity Cheer Coach from 1989-2000 and led the squad to a Class B State Championship in 2000.  Her teams also won three Wolverince Conference Championships, two regional crowns and finished fourth in the state in 1999.  Smith was honored as the CCCAM/MHSCA State & Regional Coach of the Year in 2000 and claimed conference coach of the year honors three times.  From 2002-03, she guided the varsity cheer team at Portage Northern, helping the squad to a divisional title in 2002.

In addition to her past coaching experience, Smith has also played a role as an official and worked several state championship level events.  She was chosen as the MCJA Official of the Year in 2008.  Additionally, she's served on numerous committees and other various roles throughout her prep cheerleading tenure.

Along with her cheerleading background, Smith has also been active in a number of community organizations and coached as a volunteer at the youth level.

The Ferris State University Cheerleading program helps support intercollegiate athletics and the university by helping raise the level of fan support at various events. In addition, the team often serves as ambassadors of the university. 

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