Nicole Strecker, the Cheer Coach, has high expectations and is excited to begin working with the Pratt Community College spirit team, who placed fifth in the National Cheerleaders (NCA) College Nationals.
Strecker comes to PCC after being the assistant varsity coach at Manhattan High School.
“I have always wanted to be a college coach so when this position opened up, it made sense for this to be my next step,” Strecker, who is originally from Pratt, said.
Strecker stated she has a lot of high hopes for the team.
“I want to continue the tradition of success that has been established the last couple of years.”
Strecker indicated, as they transition coaches, the team may take this year off competing nationally, but shared she has high expectations for the team to be a national contender next year. Along with having a successful team, Strecker said she would also like to have a squad that helps in the community and provides support and service for civic organizations and projects.
The biggest hurdle Strecker said she will have to overcome immediately is low numbers on the team. She has been actively recruiting and is still hoping to find a few more people by the start of the season.
“With us not having a football team the squad and I will be able to settle in, meet new PCC students and work on recruiting more students before basketball,” she said.
Strecker cheered for Pratt High School four years and was a member of the Kansas State University cheerleading team for three years. She has also been involved in the National Cheerleaders Association and cheered competitively for five years.
To find out more about the cheer program or to talk to Strecker about being on the squad, contact her at 620.450.2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.