In 2014, Michelle Broadhurst was announced as Keuka College's first full-time Cheerleading Coach. She was responsible for building up the first competitive cheerleading squad at Keuka College, and will also serve as the main adviser/recruiter for the College's dance and step teams.
"I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started," Broadhurst said. "I already have a ton of ideas for how I want to get our program going. I know how important cheerleading is to the area. I've been a coach all of my life, and to be able to take the two things I love, cheering and coaching, to bring them together to create something new is really exciting."
Initially, Broadhurst said her cheerleading squads will perform at Keuka College home games, rooting on the College's student-athletes while also competing in several local cheerleading competitions.
The cheerleading squad's goals will include helping spread school spirit while attracting more fans to the College's home games.
As the squad gains experience, Broadhurst said she plans on adding to the team's competitive schedule.
The chance to start a program from the beginning is really appealing to Wojnar, who previously served as the assistant cheerleading coach at Elmira College for two seasons.
Wojnar has extensive recruiting experience from her time at Elmira, and said there is plenty of cheerleading talent in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Elmira areas. Broadhurst plans on hitting the road to recruit cheerleaders soon, and said she looks forward to selling these recruits on the unique opportunity of starting a program while "receiving a quality education at Keuka College."
"We should be able to spark a lot of interest among recruits. We can form traditions together as a team right from the beginning," Broadhurst said. "Being a first-year program, we have no real history, but we will find student-athletes who want to be a part of building a program. I'm looking forward to developing this program from the ground up and seeing where it goes. I really think we can do something great here, something big and unique."
While at Elmira, Broadhurst helped lead the Soaring Eagles to a third-place finish at the 2014 National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championships.
She was a five-year member of the co-ed Division I cheer team that performed at football and basketball games at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Broadhurst earned her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Buffalo in 2010, and her Master's in General Management from Elmira College in 2014.
Broadhurst also was part of a national championship-winning squad in 2011 with Hawaii Pacific University.
The Horseheads, N.Y. native has experience with the NCA, teaching high school teams cheer skills, technique and safety. Broadhurst also spent time as a gymnastics coach at the Elmira Gymnastics Club, and served as a personal trainer as a part of the University at Buffalo Residential Fitness Practicum.
Broadhurst is a member of the Western New York Outlaw All Stars (International Open Level 5), and she also attended the 2012 Cheerleading World competition.
Broadhurst has certification from both USA Gymnastics in safety/risk management, and from the American Red Cross in CPR/AED/first aid.