ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College athletics director Mike Duffy has named Madeline Soave as head coach of the Adrian cheer and dance program. That announcement was made officially on Wednesday.
Soave comes from crosstown Siena Heights University where she graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree studying psychology. She was a three-time NAIA All-American on the Saints' dance team that finished eighth in the final team national rankings in 2015. She was a four-year member of the program, including on the inaugural squad in 2012 and served as team captain for the past two seasons.
"Madeline has a good background in cheer and dance evidenced by her success at the national level as a collegiate student-athlete," Duffy said. "Her enthusiasm, desire to be an impactful coach and knowledge of the state of Michigan will serve her well here at Adrian College as we look to elevate our cheer and dance program."
"I'm eager to see what I can do and the way I can grow with these programs and student-athletes," she added. "My initial goal as the head coach is to begin developing relationships with them--getting to know their personalities, their skill-sets, their tradition, and having them get to know mine. That's priority No. 1.
"I feel especially grateful to all the people who have loved and supported me up to this point--my alma mater, Siena Heights University, the Encore Dance Studio and Adrian College Administration."
While at Siena Heights, Soave also played an integral part in the team's development as a sponsored varsity sport. She assisted in planning and coordinating team practices; stretching exercises, dynamic warm-up and choreography; game-day management; marketing and social media; organization and implementation of all home competitions, including the 2015 NAIA East Regional Qualifier; participated in social and civic events representing the University; and recruited new members that saw the program grow over 50 percent in the first three years since its founding.
Her other work experience in Adrian includes elite team choreographer/instructor at Encore Dance Studio, and lead dance instructor as well as for cheer and tumble at the Lenawee County YMCA.
Soave will begin her new duties at the College on Friday, July 1.
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(TRANSACTION: Adrian College--Madeline Soave named cheer and dance coach.)