BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University director of athletics, David Hicks announced the hire of Mary Edwards as cheerleading and dance coach, effective September 12. Edwards replaces Debbie Neilson, who resigned at the end of August.
"Mary brings significant experience and a wealth of knowledge of cheer and dance, including connections to the local area," Hicks said. "Her strong faith and commitment to the student experience will make her an asset to King and our student-athletes."
Edwards joins the Tornado staff following four years as the head cheerleading coach at Champions in Motion. In her time with Champions in Motion, Edwards helped develop cheers as well as teaching the cheerleaders become leaders in the community.
"I am so excited to be joining the King University family," said Edwards. "It is such an honor to be able to be part of such a wonderful University. I look forward to coaching the cheerleading and dance team and have set my goals high as a coach. I am confident that my knowledge of cheerleading and dance, along with my Christian faith, will help my athletes excel in the sport they love as well as make their time at King one they truly love and cherish."
She spent time as a volunteer assistant cheerleading coach at Milligan College while caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. During her time there, she helped in the development of the Buffalo cheerleaders in many different areas, including, stunting, routine and cheer. Along with running practices, Edwards aided in the creation of game day routines as well as performance reviews.
Edwards graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She then continued her studies at Texas Wesleyan School of Law before moving to the area. Edwards left law school to help care for her ailing mother. She used her experience as a caretaker to write two books which were published.