CHEER: After seven years, cheer coach to leave RHS
April 3, 2017
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The cheerleading program’s head coach, Bri Eigenman, will leave Roseville High School to coach at Granite Bay at the end of this school year. Eigenman has been the program’s coach for the past seven years and plans to give up the position after finishing this spring’s stunt-cheer season.
Many of the cheerleaders, including junior Chloe Storrs, will be heartbroken to see her go after this year.
“She has taught us so much and she is the reason why we’ve kept going,” Storrs said. “Now that she’s leaving we don’t know yet what our drive will be next season.”
Eigenman’s decision to join the Grizzlies was motivated by new challenges at Granite Bay that she believes will be beneficial for everyone involved.
“I feel it’s time for a positive new challenge for me,” Eigenman said. “Granite Bay’s athletic department and administration opened my eyes to an exciting new vision and opportunity they have for their cheer program, and I want to help them make it a reality.”
Eigenman added that she thinks her departure will provide the Tigers with an opportunity to experience a new coach with fresh ideas and new techniques. Nobody is lined up to replace Eigenman yet, but athletic director Emily Dodds said that the position is open for applicants.
In her seven years as coach, Eigenman guided the cheer program to reach new heights. The program’s accomplishments under her guidance include two consecutive first-place finishes in JAMZ’ annual Nationals competition held in Las Vegas – one in varsity show-cheer in 2015 and one in sideline performance cheer last year – the chance to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last year, and many other first-place finishes in various competitions over the years.
Eigenman also took on the stunt-cheer team coaching position in its inaugural season at RHS this year, assisting the Roseville Joint Union High School District to become the only school district in California who offers a stunt-cheer team at every school.
Cheer coach Gretchen Littlejohn has coached alongside Eigenman for the past four years and is appreciative of all the things she has done for the program.
“Roseville is lucky to have had Bri’s consistency and dedication,” Littlejohn said. “I know she will miss the athletes and families at Roseville, but change is exciting and we are all happy for her… She has helped transform this program from a sign of activity to a nationally ranked cheer team.”