OSU Cheer Wins Two National Titles
April 17, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – For the second time in three years, the Oklahoma State cheerleaders came home from the National Cheerleading Association’s College Nationals as national champions.
On April 11-15, the OSU large co-ed and small co-ed cheer squads traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla., and both came away on top. The large co-ed squad consists of the same number of males and females who are also the cheerleaders that perform at OSU sporting events, while the small co-ed group has a limit of four males and is made up of cheerleaders who solely perform at competitions.
OSU Spirit Coordinator and Pom Coach Tracey Wittwer, who also assists with the cheer squads, said it is difficult to describe the emotions of winning both national championships.
“At this time of the year, we truly become one family rather than two separate families,” Wittwer said. “The fact that they both competed at the same competition and they both placed first in our two different divisions and we won national titles together…the emotion was just hard to explain.”
John Stuart, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., who competes as a tumbler and a stunter on the large co-ed squad, described the feeling of winning as a rush of different emotions at the same time.
“It’s relief and shock and happiness, it’s just awesome,” Stuart said. “There’s no other feeling like it. It’s like seven emotions happening at once.”
Wittwer praised the cheerleaders for the work and preparation they put into the competition, saying it is the reason both squads were able to leave Florida as national champions.
“I can’t imagine us both not winning, just knowing we were both as prepared as we possibly could be,” Wittwer said. “Both squads put in all the hard work. I can’t imagine it playing out any differently than it did.”
The victories are especially sweet because head cheerleading coach, LeRoy McCullough, is leaving OSU after eight years as coach to take a job with Varsity in Dallas, allowing him to be closer to his family. His wife, Brandy, is the head cheerleading coach at SMU.
“Without LeRoy, I don’t believe we would be celebrating,” Wittwer said. “LeRoy, over the past few years, has built our program to be second to none, and he has dedicated his life and his whole being to the cheer squads.
“He has sacrificed time with his family to be our coach, to teach these kids, to lead them, to be their father away from home.”
Stuart gives credit to McCullough for luring him to OSU and says it means the world to the squad to send their coach out on a high note.
“It means everything,” Stuart said. “He’s the main reason why I even came to this school, so it’s nice to be able to accomplish a goal for him and be decent enough to get him another ring before he leaves because he’s the one who got this program started the way that it has been.”