Spirit Programs Staff and Team Bios

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Brian McColpin


Assistant Director of 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 the Bearkat. Brian has a Bachelors in University Studies from Morehead State University and is entering his ninth year as Assistant Director of Student Activities. Brian is a native of Wichita, KS, and he and wife Melissa are proud parents of  2 children daughter Stella and son Sam.

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Sarah Garcia


Spirit Program Coach

Sarah Garcia is a SHSU alumni where she was a member of the Orange Pride Dance team before taking over as coach in 2009. She has a Bachelors degree in Health Education. After Coaching at Sam Houston for 4 years bringing home 4 National Championship Titles, Sarah relocated to her hometown in Killeen, TX. Sarah is very excited to be back at SHSU and taking on more responsibility as the Spirit Programs Coach where she will work with all Spirit Teams including the Orange Pride Dance Team, Coed Cheer, All-Girl Cheer, and the Mascot Sammy the Bearkat!! Sarah is married to the love of her life, Joey Garcia and they are happy to welcome Scarlett to their ever-growing family.

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Meagan Balentine


Assistance Spirit Programs Coach

Meagan Balentine cheered at Sam Houston on the coed team for 3 years (2012-2015). She brought home two national championships and the first UCA partner stunt championship. She has been apart of UCA college staff and Varsity International where she's had the opportunity to coach and teach in 16 different countries. Meagan was apart of USA cheer on their coed team, bringing home a gold medal in 2016. Meagan is excited to be back at Sam Houston as the Assistant Spirit Coordinator. Outside of work, Meagan enjoys traveling and working out.