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 the Bearkat. Brian has a Bachelors in University Studies from Morehead State University and is entering his eighth 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!