Heather Allen, a performer since the age of 9, is Marathon High School’s newest cheerleading coach. She’s got the qualifications and the street cred — she’s been a dancer for more than 15 years, was a USO performer in college, and had been a part of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleading team.
“I have always loved working with younger people. I feel the need to take all the experiences I have had and share them with others,” said Allen. “As a coach, you take the role of a mentor. To bring out the best in your kids, and that’s what I strive to do when I work with students. It brings me so much joy to touch the lives of others in a positive way, and not to mention being part of a team!”
Allen said her two daughters, Brooklyn and Kylie, played a role in her decision to become a cheer coach. Brooklyn, a freshman at MHS, is a first-year member of the cheer team. She said it was fun, adding, “I already can’t wait until next season.”
The 2020-21 cheer season was full of difficulties due to COVID-19 restrictions but, Allen said, the team performed admirably.
“To see how quickly the students learn, adapt and grow is so amazing,” Allen said. “They are stronger, more confident and really look out for each other as a team. The look of joy when they learn a dance in 20 minutes and perform it that same evening is so amazing!”