When Shannon Leyen assumed the head coaching position of the Liberty High School cheer squad, she did so with the purest of intentions.
Already the coach of the school's dance team, Leyen, whose daughter Megan is a varsity cheerleader, saw how devastated the program was by the resignation of nine-year coach Koren Summers and program advisor Jennifer Watson at the end of last season.
Leyen is now pulling double duty, leading both the dance and cheer programs this year, allowing Summers and Watson to take a much-needed break without completely leaving the program.
Koren and Jen have done such a fabulous job here that I wanted to help them stay, Leyen said. I told them I'd help out with the cheerleaders since I'm already here working with the dance team. It means so much to these girls to keep them involved with the program.
Summers will continue working with the cheerleaders on stunts and tumbling while Watson keeps the team's schedule on task. Leyen said this year will be a learning experience for her.
They've been doing this for so long they've got it down to a science, Leyen said. I've just got to learn the formula.
Leyen brought her newest prot