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Spirit Teams Welcome New Coach


The Spring Hill College Spirit Teams welcomes Alyssa Paesano as the new head coach for the 2017-2018 season.

While at Spring Hill Paesano hopes to develop a respectable and successful spirit program the students, staff and community can all be proud of. “I would like to see the cheerleading team perform well at nationals and continue to improve each year. I would also like to eventually see the dance team start competing as well. And of course a major focus is on supporting our athletic teams and cheering them on to success,” said Paesano.

Paesano is a native of North Salem, N.Y. and graduated from North Salem High School. She then attended the University of Connecticut to further her education and graduated with a BFA in design and technical theatre with a minor in business. Paesano was a cheerleader at the University of Connecticut and obtained honors such as team choreography leader, captain, and multiple time recipient of the team leadership award. While at UConn she also had the opportunity to cheer at multiple American Athletic Conference (AAC) championships and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship games.

Paesano stated that she began her journey as a coach when she was a freshman in high school and continued to hold youth cheerleading camps during the summers while she was in college. After graduating from UConn she took her first collegiate coaching job at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for the Red Fox cheerleaders, which then lead her to take the head coaching job here at Spring Hill College.

Junior dance team member, Camryn Nethken, in regards to Paesano’s coaching said, “I believe Alyssa is doing a fantastic job. She has brought many new things to the table including new workouts and new routines.” This is something that Nethken mentioned she was very excited about showing to the school for their first performance of the year on Oct. 14 for the SHC basketball team's’ annual event “Midnight Madness.”

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