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Cheerleaders announce 14-15 tryouts/new assistant coach

Monday, July 07, 2014

NASHVIlLE, Tenn – Lipscomb Athletics has released plans for cheerleader tryouts for the 2014-15 season.

An experienced team is returning, but second-year head coach Shawn Despot is looking to replace at least three seniors who graduated in May. An informational meeting will be hosted Monday, Aug. 25 and three mandatory mini-clinics will be conducted later that week to help candidates prepare for tryouts on Thursday, Aug. 28.

“I know some very good new talent is coming in this year, and I am eager to see them at tryouts,” said Despot, who cheered at Lipscomb from 2006–2009 and works as an admissions counselor for the university. “We have the flexibility to take several new team members, and we’re all very excited to get started.”

Last year’s team had 17 members, including two males and Despot likes the ability to set the number from year to year.

“We determine the number based on the talent available, so we can have 12, 20 or any number in between,” Despot said. “It just depends on how many top-quality girls and guys try out.”

This year will be slightly more interesting because of plans to explore competitive cheering. The team will continue to make the “game day experience” a top priority, but they plan to work toward at least two competitions – one regional and one national.

“Many of our team members loved competing in high school, and adding that component will make us more appealing to better cheerleaders,” said Despot, who has a background in competitive cheerleading. “It will raise our level of performance and help us spread the good name of Lipscomb University.”

In addition, Despot announced the hiring of an assistant coach, Amy (Roberts) Hillin. Also a former Bison cheerleader (2007-10) and a co-worker in the admissions office, Hillin will assist in tryouts, practices, gameday activities and competition.

“Amy has a tremendous heart for our students,” Despot said. “She’ll be a great addition to the growth of our program, and I can’t wait to work with her.”