Meet the Coach
Coach Shay Owen begins her eleventh year on the Cheerleader Coaching Staff at UMS-Wright and her tenth year as the Varsity Head Coach. Along with coordinating the Middle School, JV, and Varsity cheerleading activities, she is responsible for Baby Bulldogs, Bulldog Athletic Association Cheerleading, and is the dance instructor for grades 6 – 9. Coach Owen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from the University of Alabama. She was a Crimsonette with the Million Dollar Band and a member of the Crimson Cabaret Dancers. Coach Owen has performed at the Outback Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, and SEC Championship games and has been a dance instructor for the past 23 years. Coach Owen's two children attend UMS-Wright; her son Cole is a tenth grader, and her daughter Hayden is an eighth grader this year. Beyond cheerleading, Coach Owen is Director of the Creative Dance Center for after-school dance here on the UMS-Wright campus.
About Our Program
UMS-Wright offers many opportunities for cheerleading participation. Beginning in Pre-K, girls can show their school spirit and support our athletes by being a cheerleader. Our Baby Bulldog program includes K4 - 2nd grade girls who participate at a clinic led by the Middle School, JV, and Varsity Cheerleaders on a Saturday in August. The Baby Bulldogs perform during two varsity football pre-game shows, participate in the annual homecoming parade, and perform during one varsity basketball half-time. Girls may continue cheerleading in third grade as cheerleaders for the Bulldog Athletic Association football teams. They attend a clinic in early June and cheer during games that are held in the fall.
Tryouts for Middle School (7th & 8th graders), JV (9th & 10th graders), and Varsity (11th & 12th graders) Cheerleaders are held usually during late March. All three squads attend UCA camp together each summer. Throughout the year, the squads cheer for football games and basketball games, participate in several service activities, organize and participate in several pep rallies, assist with Baby Bulldogs and 3rd-6th grade cheerleading, paint banners for all sports, as well as many other activities.
The cheerleading program at UMS-Wright is very rewarding but requires a lot of hard work and dedication. It is a great honor to be a UMS-Wright cheerleader!
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