Spirit Programs Staff and Team Bios


Brian McColpin

Assistant Director for Student Activities

Brian oversees all of Sam Houston's Spirit Programs which includes Coed and All Girl Cheer, the Orange Pride Dance Team, and the mascot Sammy. Brian has a Bachelors in University Studies from Morehead State University and is entering his seventh year as Assistant Director of Student Activities. Brian is a native of Wichita, KS, and he and his wife Melissa are the parents of daughter Stella.



Yvette Quinones

Volunteer Coach

Yvette is a recent graduate from SHSU with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is going into her 6th year as part of the Coaching Staff at SHSU. She previously cheered at Navarro College and SFA.  is a 4 time National Champion, and has competed in several partner stunt competitions. Yvette has also worked for NCA for 9 years and has been on college staff all 9 years. She is very proud to be a Bearkat and to be a part of an amazing program with great people.

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Courtney Sutton

Head Dance Coach

Courtney is originally from Knoxville, TN where she taught in studios and coached several dance teams from middle school to high school levels.  She is currently in her tenth year as a Universal Dance Association Instructor, and spends her summers traveling across the country teaching and choreographing for studios and dance teams of all ages.  Since moving to Huntsville, TX she has founded and directs a competitive company at a local studio.  She loves being a Bearkat and a part of the SHSU Spirit Programs family!


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Ariel Renna
Major: Kinesiology
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY
Future Goals: To be a Physical Therapist
Cheer History: 2nd yr Sam Houston Cheer

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Lauren McCollum


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Joy Alexander


Major:  Kinesiology

Hometown:  Beaumont, TX

Future Goals:To become a successful sports physical therapist.

Dance History:  2nd year on OP.  Dancing since age 3, member of I...Rule Dance Studio's Senior Company,  3 years on West Brook STARS as Class Representative, Junior Lt, and then Captain.

Katie Daley

Major: Special Education

Home Town: Sacramento, CA

Future Goals: compete the next 2 yrs with Sam Houston, graduate, become a special education teacher, have a family

Cheer History: Cheerleading Worlds 7yrs, 6 with POWER, 1 with Woodlands Elite, 2013 Coed NCA National Champion, 2014 All Girl NCA National Champion, both with Sam Houston State University.

Heather Glenn


Major: Austioneering

Home Town: Custer, MT

Future Goals: to move back to montana, Start up austioneering company, start a large family,

Cheer History: 2 yrs Sam Houston State University All Girl, 2014 NCA ALL GIRL Div I National Champion

Cassie Armenta


Major:  Nursing

Home Town:  The Woodlands, TX

Future Goals:  Graduate and become a neonatal nurse

Dance History:  Oak Ridge High School Drill Team, Blinn College Dance Team for 2 years where I won a National Championship in 2014

Danielle Ferris

Major: Biology

Home Town: Houston, TX

Future Goals: Enjoy my life and live everyday like its my last.

Cheer History: 2nd yr SHSU Coed

Alli Silva

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Corpus Christi, TX

Future Goals: To become a pediatric nurse and travel the world

Cheer History: NCA NATTY CHAMPS 2014!!!

Melody Ramsey

Major:  Dance

Home Town: Spring, TX

Dance History:  Oak Ridge High School Liberty Belles Colonel, American Dance/Drill Team Staff

Mackenzie Fitzpatrick

Major: Psychology

Home Town: Downers Grove, IL

Future Goals: Get a degree with a career, travel the world, rescue animals, sky dive, Suba Dive

Cheer History: start cheer in 8th grade on all star team, High School cheer, Won nationals on Super All Star, 2nd yr on SHSU all girl, member of 2014 National Championship team

Taylor Blackstock

Major: Education

Home Town: Forth Worth, TX

Future Goals: graduate, become a teacher

Cheer History: 2yr Sam All Girl, NCA Staff, 2014 NCA Collegiate National Champion

Jizyah Shorts

Major:  Biomedical Sciences

Home Town:  New Orleans, LA

Future Plans:  Start a career in the medical field, get married and raise a family, give back to the community

Dance History:  Second year on OP, Dekaney High School serving as 3rd Lieutenant, Captain, and Colonel, Awarded Miss Drill Team Texas, various solo championship and finalist titles, 2013 Texas All-State Team

Kaitlyn Jordan

Major: Nursing

Home Town: Pilot Point, TX

Future Goals: To graduate and become a pediatric nurse, to travel aimlessly, and to start a family

Cheer History: 2nd yr on Sam Houston Coed

Chelsea Hummel

Major: Business

Home Town: Mt. Pleasant, MI

Future Goals: Travel the world and be succesful in everything I do.

Cheer History: 2nd yr on Sam Houston, 2014 NCA National Champion

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Miguel Hernandez

Major:  Dance with a Minor in Business

Hometown:  San Marcos, TX

Future Goals:  Moving to New York after graduation to be in a professional dance company.

Dance History:  Has been dancing for 4 years.

Ashley Busby

Major: Interdisciplinary Education

Home Town: Arlington, TX

Future Goals: To thank God every day for the abilities he has blessed me with to be able to perform in the sport that I love.

Cheer History: 10 yrs Gymnast, 9 yrs cheerleading, All Star cheerleading, 2yrs Weatherford Jr College, 1st yr at Sam Houston.

Shlisa Rodgers

Major: Undecided

Home Town: Liberty, TX

Future Goals:  To work for the FBI or do Pre-Physical Therappy, Become a trainer

Cheer History: cheered 7yrs, All Star at Lake Houston Platinum 5 yrs