Alpena coach up for national award
Alpena High School cheerleading coach Angel Howard is one of 16 coaches from 13 states, who is vying for the title of 2020 Greatmats National Cheer Coach of the Year.
The award is part of Greatmats’ sixth annual National Award Series, which honors instructors, coaches and trainers who have made a positive impact on their clients and communities.
In getting nominated, one of Alpena’s cheerleaders said of Howard: “Coach Angel Howard has helped me a lot in my first two years of being a cheerleader. She is like a second mom to all of us girls. I could go to Coach Howard for literally anything, whether it’s troubles with a cheer to issues with a boy. If there was anyway I could give back to her for all she’s done for my team and teams before us it would be this.”
Voting to determine this year’s finalists will take place online through Nov. 16 at greatmats.com/2020-greatmats-national-cheer-coach-of-the-year.php.
The two coaches with the most votes will be named grand prize finalists and Greatmats will interview the two finalists before determining the winner.
The grand prize is $250 in Greatmats products for the school and a National Dance Instructor of the Year certificate.
Each voter who visits the site can only vote once. In the first three years of the award, more than 28,000 votes have been cast.
The 2020 nominees, listed by state, are:
Elicia Morigeau, Quad City Storm Elite, Prescott
Kori Johnson, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa
Keyah Dupree, Tavares Youth Football League, Tavares
Niki Warner, Clay Rebels Athletics, Middleburg
Rylene Abbot, Hansen High School, Hansen
Jamie Hope, Manteno High School, Manteno
Abriel Fisher, Champion Force Athletics, Muncie
Jennifer Wood, Sedan High School, Sedan
Tabitha Grassmid, Champion Force Athletics, Walker
Angel Howard, Alpena High School, Alpena
Phyllis Hill, Sachem Sports Club, Holbrook
Samantha Robinson, Xplosion All Stars, Jamestown
Amie Smarr, Champion Force Athletics, Norwalk
Jordan Jerrett, Claremore High School, Claremore
Rachel Shigo, Fleetwood Area High School, Fleetwood
Katrianna Tapscott, Kettle Run High School, Nokesville
Past Michigan nominees include Gina, Jennifer and Kelly Van Deinse of Grand Traverse Bay Gymnastics in 2016.