Chase Carter named competitive cheerleading head coach
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College director of athletics Randy Dunn announced today the addition of Chase Carter as the competitive cheerleading head coach.
Carter will be responsible for starting the Mountain Lions' intercollegiate varsity competitive cheerleading program that will begin this fall.
The Mountain Lions were accepted into the NCAA Division II membership process in July 2011 and are now in Candidacy Year One. YHC, which became the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference in January, currently competes at the intercollegiate level in baseball, softball, and men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. The Mountain Lions will also compete in men's and women's lacrosse beginning next season.
"I am very excited to announce that Chase Carter is the new competitive cheerleading coach at YHC," said Dunn. "I feel Chase has the knowledge, experience and passion to build a first-class program. A strong competitive cheerleading program will provide many male and female student-athletes around the state and southeast with the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level."
Carter comes to the Mountain Lions after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with Shorter University's competitive cheerleading program.
"I was very impressed by how Young Harris College was so dedicated to developing the full student-athlete," said Carter. "There are many opportunities for the students to grow both athletically and professionally. The first time I visited I could tell there were some great things happening on campus. Coach Dunn and President (Cathy) Cox gladly go out of their way to make you feel like a member of the Young Harris family."
Carter is a 2010 graduate of North Carolina State University where he graduated with scholar-athlete honors and with a bachelor's degree in program management. He cheered for five years with the Wolfpack, once placing second in the Division I-A Large Coed division at the NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., while also placing third twice and fourth twice. Over his career at N.C. State, Carter received several honors including the Rookie of the Year award and the title of co-captain in each of his last two years.
In his first year with Shorter in 2010-11, The Cary, N.C., native dealt primarily with the Large Coed squad and led the Cheer Hawks to a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCA National Championship by a narrow .04 margin.
Carter is currently enrolled in Shorter's Professional Studies program seeking a Master's of Arts degree in leadership.