Spirit Programs Staff and Team Bios



Brian McColpin
Assistant Director

Brian oversees all Sam Houston's spirit programs. 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. Brian and his wife Melissa are the parents of daughter Stella.


Yvette Quinones

Volunteer Coach

Yvette is a Senior at SHSU about to get her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is going into her 5th year here at SHSU. She has cheered at Navarro College and SFA. She is a 4 time national Champion and has competed in several partner stunt competition. Along with working for NCA for 9 years and 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.


Courtney Sutton

Head Dance Coach

Courtney is in her tenth year as a Universal Dance Association Instructor.  She is originally from Knoxville, TN where she has also been coaching dance teams and working at several local dance studios specializing in teaching jazz and hip hop. She very excited to be a Bearkat!

Co-edAll GirlOrange Pride

Ariel Renna

Major: Kinesiology

Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

Future Goals: To be a Physical Therapist

Cheer History: 2nd yr Sam Houston Cheer

Courtney Rab


Major/Minor: Mass Communications/spanish

Home towns: Victoria, TX

Future Goals: Become a 2 time National Champion, graduate, begin a career, and start a family.

Cheer History: Victoria Memorial High School Cheerleading, Blinn College Cheerleading, 3 years on Sam All Girl.

2014 National Champion

Chelsea Chatham


Meagan Balentine

Major: Criminal Justice

Home Town: Humble, TX

Future Goals: Work in a forensic/ investigation setting or further my defree in law

Cheer History: Morehead State University coed 2010-11 UCA national championship, Sam Houston State University 2012-currently-2013 NCA National Champion, Placed 3rd in UCA Partner stunt 2013, 2nd place in NCA Partner Stunt 2014

Kelsey Silva


Major: Psychology/Business

Home Town: Corpus Christi, TX

Future Goals: Win another National Title, Graduate and get into the masters program at Sam, Be Happy!!

Cheer History: 1 yr on Hawaii Pacific University, 2nd yr on Sam Houston, 2014 NCA National Champion

Tori Bales


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!!!

Tameara Ford

Hollie Hobbs

Major: Industrial Technologies-Electronics

Home Town: The Colony, TX

Future Goals: Graduate and get a well paying job

Cheer History: 2014 SHSU All Girl National Champion, 2013 SHSU Coed National Champion, 2012 & 2011 Navarro College National Champion

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

Olivia Cannon

Major: Criminal Justice-Victim Studies

Home Town: Mesquite, TX

Future Goals: NA

Dance Team: Danced from age 3, member of competitive dance team, officer of the Bishop Brigade high school drill team, 2 yr Member of Blinn College dance team, 2nd year member of the Orange Pride dance 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

Natalie Nunez