Go Gorloks!

Jan. 13, 2015

ST. LOUIS (JAN. 13, 2015) - Students at Webster University have a lot to brag about, from nationally ranked innovative educational programs to top-ranked athletic, debate and chess teams. Now they have something new to cheer about.


Competitive Intercollegiate Cheerleading will be the newest athletics offering at the Webster Groves campus. The program will begin in the fall of 2015, making the Gorloks part of a sport which is thriving in popularity across the nation among high school and college students.

The first team try outs will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 in Grant Gymnasium on the home campus. Once formed, the team will perform and represent the Gorloks at cheerleading competitions, athletic events and when Gorlok sports teams advance to SLIAC and NCAA tournaments.

“This exciting addition to Webster University Athletics bolsters our offerings for young women and men who seek a college experience with opportunities to excel in academics as well as co-curricular and extracurricular pursuits,” Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon said. “I am also pleased to announce that Justin Barton, an experienced, successful competitive cheerleading coach has agreed to lead and coach this new program.  Justin will do a great job and I look forward working with him in the future.”

“The Webster University Competitive Cheerleading Program will be the foundation for academic and athletic spirit on campus and within the Webster University Community,” said Barton, who will serve as head coach.  “I am more than honored to be a part in the development of this innovative intercollegiate opportunity that will help strengthen school spirit and instill in our students, faculty, and staff a new level of Webster pride.”

Assistant Provost of Student Affairs and Athletics, Paul Carney said, “The addition of the Competitive Cheerleading Program in the Athletics Department is part of our enrollment driven strategic plan to generate revenue and provide a great experience for our students.”

Coach Barton is the assistant director of the First Year Experience Program at Webster University and currently serves as the assistant cheerleading coach at Ursuline Academy.  He previously served as the head cheerleading coach at Jefferson College.  As head coach at Jefferson College, the team won the Great Lakes National Cheerleading Championship and Midwest Cheer and Dance Team National Championship.  Coach Barton is a certified member of America Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA).

For more information about Webster University’s athletics program, visit http://www.websterathletics.com. Students who wish to try out should contact Barton at jamesbarton41@webster.edu.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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