Meet the Staff – Megan Van Horn

We are pleased to continue our new segment of articles introducing you to our Elite Cheerleading Staff.

Meet the Staff:

Megan Van Horn

This week we have the great pleasure of introducing you to Megan Van Horn. Megan is the All Star Director and a team coach at our Centennial location, United Elite. Megan is natural born leader with the world in her hands. She is constantly finding ways to help her athletes and coaches get better in every way. She is United’s go to lady and will do everything in her power to help someone be successful. Megan has an extensive background in cheerleading and gymnastics and she has brought her can do athlete mentality into her professional career. In 2012 Megan married Coach Jeff Van Horn and has had the great pleasure if being able to work along side him in growing Elite Cheerleading. In December 2014, they welcomed the best thing to happen them, their daughter Charlie, who is a constant guest coach at United Elite and its sister gyms! Make sure to stop in and chat with Megan, she will make you day even better!

Get to know our Elite Staff Member:

How long have you been a part of the Cheerleading Industry?

“12 years”

What University did you attend?

“I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Human Resources.”

How long have you been coaching and what team(s) have you/do you coach?

“I have been coaching for 9 years. I have coached at almost every level including Junior 2 Tsunami, Junior 3 Monsoon, Senior 5 Lightning (United Elite), Senior 3 Black Bears and Senior 4 Grizzly Bears (Rocky Mountain Elite).  “

Notable Achievements:

“As a coach, I have coached a team to a National Title at the All Levels Championship, I have coached 2 Senior Level 5 teams to earn Worlds bids as well as several in state 1st place titles. As an athlete at the University of Colorado, I was a member of the Small Co-Ed team that placed in finals at NCA College Nationals 3 years in a row. In 2008, I placed 3rd with my stunt group at NCA College Nationals.”

What was your favorite part of a being a cheerleader?

“I can’t really pinpoint one thing that I love about cheerleading, as it has brought so many amazing things to my life.  I love how when you’re on a team, you truly become a family and you can count on them for anything.  I love the athleticism it takes to be a competitive cheerleader.  In this sport there is always a new stunt or a new tumbling skill that you are consistently pushing yourself to be better.  I love how this sport has shaped me as a person.  Cheerleading forces you to be comfortable in front of people, it teaches you to trust others and count on others and it can teach you to be passionate about something!”

What is your favorite part about coaching?

“Coaching is one of the most fulfilling things I have had the opportunity to do with my life so far.  I love working with athletes and seeing them grow, not only as an athlete but as a person.  When an athlete confronts an obstacle, it’s my passion to help them overcome it and achieve more than they thought possible.