Lisa Ash recently joined the The University of Olivet family as head cheer, STUNT and dance coach, but she’s made the city of Olivet her home for more than a decade and especially loves its small town charm. Prior to taking on a role at OC, Coach Ash focused her passion for helping others by working in the nonprofit sector with underserved populations. Now, she plans to combine her lifelong love of cheer with her desire to help others create successful futures in her role as coach.
Why are you excited to join the The University of Olivet family?
My family has resided in Olivet for the past 13 years, and this is where my heart is. Olivet has an immense number of amazing staff, as well as the small town feeling that makes everyone feel like they are home. The group of student-athletes I will be working with are exceptional, and I know they will make this adventure exciting.
Where do your passions for coaching and cheerleading stem from?
I started cheer when I was in fourth grade, and I went through my school years doing sideline and competitive cheer. I had an amazing coach, Linda Fox, who made it hard not to be passionate. To this day, she still supports me and is always in my corner with words of encouragement.
What’s the average day in your role, or some of the unique things you are responsible for?
I am still settling into my new role, but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, including planning for camps, games and nationals. We also are currently working out the details for tryouts. This fall, we will jump right into practice and learning routines – the best part of being a coach.
Why do you encourage students to attend The University of Olivet?
OC gives the students a family feel in a small town atmosphere. It allows students to feel at home and supported throughout their college experience. Not to mention amazing academic and athletic opportunities!
What do you look forward to in your role?
Right now, I am looking forward to getting our teams together. Camp is coming up in July, and I cannot wait to see all of the skills these young men and women have to offer. In addition, I’m also looking forward to working with my assistant coach, Courtney Neering ’18. As a recent graduate, Coach Neering brings a lot of passion and energy to her role, and was a member of the competitive and sideline cheer teams as a student.
What advice do you share with students?
Never. Stop. Trying. Life will always be hard and there will always be challenges that shape you into the person you were meant to be. Perseverance is key.
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