Regina Smith Hired as Cheer and Dance Head Coach

Regina Smith Hired as Cheer and Dance Head Coach

ADRIAN, Mich. - The Adrian College athletic department welcomes Regina Smith as the newest addition to the Bulldogs. Smith is taking over as head coach for the cheer and dance programs.

"We are excited about what Regina brings to Adrian College," said athletic director Mike Duffy. "She is energetic and a hard working person who will do great things for our cheer and dance teams."

Smith comes to Adrian after a two-year stint at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She was the Spirit Coordinator and adjunct dance professor who managed 35 students in cheer, dance and mascot programs. Smith served an important role in all facets of her position including recruitment of students, event planning and budgetary responsibilities.

"I think Regina has high expectations for herself and the program," said interim coach Mike Miller. "I am excited to be working alongside her and watching the program continue to expand."

Prior to coming to OU, Smith spent three years as the spirit coordinator and head cheer, dance, and mascot coach at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. At Thiel, an NCAA Division III Institution, Smith recruited over 50 students for the cheer and dance teams. Under Smith’s leadership, the dance team had the number one GPA in the Thiel Athletic Department.

She implemented new traditions which included the Thiel College fight song, the mascot- Tommy the Tomcat, and many crowd chants. Both of Smith's teams at TC were nationally ranked, and the cheer team qualified three straight years for the UCA College Nationals, placing ninth in 2007. In 2008 and 2009, the Thiel cheer and dance team was chosen to perform during halftime shows for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. In the summer of 2009 the Thiel’s Spirit Program was chosen as the Most Improved Program for the UCA/UDA Summer Camp held in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 2006-2007, Smith was the head dance coach and sponsor at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

As a competitor, Smith was a regional qualifier for two consecutive years, was a national qualifier for two years and finished in the top 15. She was a Bolingbrook Pop Warner League Trojan Cheerleader from 1992-1997, was a Cheer Chicago Naperville Blaze All-Star Cheerleader from 1999-2001, chosen as a UCA All-Star Cheerleader, and an NCA All-American Cheerleader. Additionally, she was a four-time ICCA State qualifier and lettered three years at the varsity level for Romeoville High School, where she was co-captain of the cheerleading squad. 

Smith attended Illinois State University on a nationally ranked cheerleading scholarship, and graduated in 2006, with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies of Communications and Mathematics. During her undergraduate studies, Smith attended the Negocia School of Business in Paris, France. Smith earned her MBA of Management from Point Park University, in 2009. Currently, Smith is pursuing a PHD in Organizational Leadership. 

Regina Smith is married to Jeurell Smith, and a mother of one son, Langdon Smith.