PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast had great success in its first year of competitive cheerleading, claiming third place at the national championships last weekend.
As the team quickly turns its attention to the future, the school has elevated Karlee Nobles from assistant coach to head coach after Christy Bowman took another position at the school.
"I'm very exited to have the position," Nobles said. "I learned a lot working with Coach Christy last year. My goal is to learn from last year and get better next year. I know where we need improvement, and I want to focus on that."
Like Bowman, Nobles is an MGCCC Cheer alumna. She went to school in Perkinston in 2000-02, then earned her bachelor's in sports administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Nobles is a former head cheer coach at Stone High, where her teams won a slew of awards. She was hired as assistant coach at Gulf Coast last year, and assumes her new role after Bowman became the Student Life Coordinator at the Jackson County Campus this week.
Nobles made the trip to the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship last year as a spectator, but learned a lot more about the competition over the weekend as a participant.
The team's success – it finished higher than any other MACJC school – is already starting to attract new talent.
"Since we've returned from Orlando, we're getting a lot of emails from kids looking for information about our program," Nobles said. "Everyone is excited and wants to be a part of it. We should get better and better."
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