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.


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 home town 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 expecting their first child in November.