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 5th 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!


All Girl

Orange Pride

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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

Courtney Rab - Captain
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
Tori Bales - Captain
Major:  Kinesiology with a minor in Secondary Education
Home Town:  Atascocita, TX
Future Goals:  Get marries and have a big family, be a high school drill/dance teacher, and own a dance studio.
Dance History:  2nd year on OP.  15 years dancing competitively winning multiple State and National titles, 4 years on Atascocita's Drill Team serving as Co-Captain and Captain, 2-time NDA Collegiate All American, 3rd year Staff Member for Crowd Pleasers Dance.

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

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!!!

Tameara Ford

Major:  Dance/Communications

Home Town:  Houston, TX

Future Goals: Be a professional dancer, choreographer, and business owner.

Dance History:  2nd year on OP.  4 years on Eisenhower Eaglettes HS Dance Team with 1 year Commanding General and 2 years Major General, 2012 and 2013 TDEA All State Dancer, 2013 and 2014 NDA Collegiate All American, 2014 NDA Hip Hop Top Gun, 2014 OP Choreography Officer

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: 2nd year on OP.  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

Major:  Mass Communications

Home Town:  Houston, TX

Future Goals:  To graduate and work as a PR agent for a sports team.

Dance History:  3rd year on OP.  2013 NDA Collegiate National Champion with Orange Pride and Captain 2013-2014.