McPherson College Director of Athletics Andrew Ehling has announced the recent hiring of Ashlee Annis as Director of Spirit Programs. Annis, who had served as head cheerleading coach at Central Christian College since August 2016, began her duties last month.
Annis assumes overall management of the college's competitive cheer and spirit programs - including recruiting - while also assisting with game day environment and athletics promotions.
"We are committed to elevating our competitive cheer program and Ashlee brings the experience and success to help us do that," Ehling said. "I'm also excited to work with Ashlee as she brings a lot of ideas to enhance our game day experience for football and basketball."
Former head coach Matt Paul remains with the program as the Cheer Training Coach. The owner of Next Level Athletics, the official training facility of McPherson College Cheer and Dance, Paul is a tumbling training expert and will continue to assist in recruiting.
Active in cheer and dance since the age of 4, Annis cheered competitively at Dixie M. Hollins High School in Kenneth City, Fla. After high school, she continued her competitive cheer career at Tabor College, helping the Blue Jays to a runner-up and a fourth-place finish at the KCAC Cheer Invitational. Annis was an NCA All-America nominee, a UCA All-American and a member of the 2010 All-Pinellas County (Fla.) cheer squad.
Her coaching career began as a senior at Tabor when she assumed leadership of the team as a student-assistant coach and grew the squad from just a handful of participants to a team of over 20.
Prior to assuming her position at Central Christian, Annis worked in the admissions department at Sterling College, where she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in recruiting athletes to a small college campus.
Annis and her husband Aaron, the head softball coach at Central Christian College, currently reside in Sterling.
McPherson College participated in a limited schedule in 2017-2018 - the program's first as a competitive squad after a couple of years of dormancy - and placed fifth in the cheer category at the KCAC Championships.