Stanley Named Coach of the Year


It is rare that someone is properly appreciated for a job well done. It usually comes with words, a note, or maybe a gift card. On Saturday afternoon Christian Life School Cheer Coach Leslie Stanley coached her last competition at the WCPCA State Cheer contest in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and at the conclusion she was awarded the WCPCA Coach of the Year honor for the 2018-19 season.

A team well prepared

Once again, her team was well prepared and confident in their ability to compete well. Our girls have placed in their division at the state competition for the past four seasons. Last year they were awarded the Jaci Kosin Sportsmanship award for the team that shows the most sportsmanship and character to all other teams and adults. That confidence to compete well is instilled by hours of practice and the quiet, unassuming personality of their coach. Near the end of the completion of the awards ceremony the President of the WCPCA announced she was going to be awarding the Coach of the Year for 2019. She began to read excerpts of three letters that had been written on the winner’s behalf.

Nomination excerpts

“Five years ago our cheer program was at a crossroads, we were at the point of cancelling the cheer program at our school, if not for our coach we may not even have a program…”

“Our coach was the first call I made, I believed she had the personality, leadership skills, and culture building skills to make the needed changes…”

“Our coach continually goes above and beyond the normal call of duty for her cheer team. She devotes her time to helping and improving the lives of others…”

“Our coach has become like a second mom to many of the girls she has coached. She continually sacrifices time and resources to be available to the team whenever they need her…”

“My daughter would not be the leader she is today without the mentoring of our coach…”

“Off the mat our coach never loses her beautiful poise, and devoted spirit. She conveys these traits in her everyday life…”

A special moment

When the winner was announced and the crowd learned that the winner was “Coach Stan,” the joy in the room from her team, the CLS Cheer families, her former athletes, and other friends in the crowd was overwhelming. Coach Stan was able to walk from her spot on the mat to the stage while the entire crowd (maybe 4000/5000 people) were able to applaud her accomplishments. It was a great moment for a great coach and an even better person.

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