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COACHING STAFF

 

KARA KRAWIECKI  HEAD STUNT COACH

The Maryville University Department of Athletics and Recreation announced Kara Krawiecki as the first head coach for the STUNT program October 2017. The Saints STUNT team will begin official competition during the 2018-19 season. Krawiecki comes to Maryville after serving as the head game day and competitive small coed cheer coach at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She has over 18 years of sideline and competitive high school, all star and college cheer and coaching experience.

“I am excited to begin the STUNT program at Maryville University,” Krawiecki said. “STUNT is currently the fastest growing women’s sport in the country, and I can’t wait to get in on the ground floor here at Maryville. Stunting, tumbling and competing were always my favorite and the most exciting components of cheerleading. I am thrilled that the students at Maryville will be able to experience this up-and-coming sport, and I look forward to building a fun, competitively and academically successful program.”

At Oakland, Krawiecki was responsible for recruiting male and female student-athletes to the cheer squad. She created the game day choreography for performances at volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball games. Krawiecki led Oakland’s small coed college cheer team to a sixth-place finish at the NCA College Nationals in April 2017.

Krawiecki worked at L’anse Creuse High School in North Macomb, Mich. While there, she was the varsity sideline cheerleading head coach and the varsity competitive cheerleading co-coach. Krawiecki coached the team to five first-place finishes in team competitions. Krawiecki also served as head varsity sideline cheerleading coach at New Haven High School in New Haven, Mich., as well as at Eisenhower High School in Shelby, Mich. She was also an Assistant Director for a large cheer camp company called North American Spirit for nine years.

Krawiecki graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She was a four-year competitive and sideline cheerleader for CMU and was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Cheerleader as a senior. Krawiecki earned the Most Improved Cheerleader award in 2008. During her time at CMU, she helped the team to seventh place at the UCA College National Championships in 2008, and to a 10th-place finish in 2009. She also was on the cheerleading team for four years during her time at Romeo High School where she was a State Champion in 2005.

STUNT is a new competitive team sport that has been derived from traditional cheerleading and is an emerging NCAA sport. STUNT removes the crowd-leading element and focuses on the technical and athletic components of cheer, including partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, group jumps and tumbling. USA Cheer created STUNT as an opportunity for colleges, universities and high school to meet the strict Title IX requirements of a college sport, while still preserving traditional cheerleading. With more than 500,000 high school cheerleaders, STUNT will expand participation opportunities for young women at the collegiate level by providing and avenue for female athletes to use their cheerleading skill backgrounds in a new format.