Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University Athletics Department has announced today (March 31) the appointment of Jerrilynn Pike as the school's new head cheerleading coach. The announcement came from FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger.
A member of the American Athletic Cheerleading Coaches Association, Pike has more than 10 years of experience as a cheerleading coach and has spent nearly six years as a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Competitive Cheer judge.
"We're thrilled Jerrilynn has taken over our cheer program and we're looking forward to working with her as we continue to build our gameday atmosphere," Weisenburger said. "She has exceptional experience in this area and will be a valuable addition to our team."
The Cadillac native has served as a prep varsity head coach at both Manton and Cadillac High Schools. She began her high school coaching tenure leading the Cadillac program from 1999 to 2004 before spending three years at Manton. Since 2007, she has been back with Cadillac High School as the head coach.
"I am extremely excited to work with the FSU Cheer Team," Pike said. "Ferris was looking for someone to take these wonderful athletes to the next level and I am excited to see what they can do in the years to come.
"I have many ideas to improve the program already in place and lots of plans to get the team, university and fans fired up about Bulldog Athletics," she added.
In her time as a coach on the prep level, Pike has managed all organizational aspects of her respective teams and taught safe and effective stunting and tumbling techniques. She has also planned and ran all team practices while mentoring team members and coordinating various fundraising activities.
Since 2004, Pike has also served as a MHSAA Competitive Cheer judge where she has been responsible for judging various statewide association competitions. She also attended yearly rules meetings along with fall and summer training camps administered by the Michigan Cheerleading Judges Association (MCJA).
In addition to her roles as a prep head coach and judge, Pike also founded and was the head coach for the Show Stoppers Co-Ed Recreational Cheer Team, which began in 2009 in the Cadillac area. Her work included managing all team activities and organizational aspects such as finances, scheduling and choreography for programs intended for youth ranging from eight to 18 years in age.
A National Spirit Federation member, Pike resides in Cadillac and studied vocal music at Northwestern Michigan College. She replaces former head coach Stacy Smith, who left the program after two years at the helm.
"We appreciate all of Stacy's efforts in leading our program for the last couple of years and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors," Weisenburger said.
The FSU Cheerleading Team will hold tryouts for the fall semester on Sunday, April 17, at Jim Wink Arena. More information is available by visiting the cheer team page on the FSU Athletics Website.