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Kip Sanders - OU Spirit Coordinator
This is Kip's second year as the Spirit Program Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. Kip began his collegiate Spirit Program experience as a member of the co-ed cheerleading team at the University of Texas from 2001 - 2005. During his time in Austin he cheered for the Longhorns at 4 bowl games including the 2004 Rose Bowl and the 2005 BCS National Championship. After graduating from Texas Kip began his graduate studies at Baylor University, where he coached both the co-ed and all-girl cheer teams. After receiving his master's degree in Sport Management he was hired by the Baylor Athletic Department as the Assistant Director of Spirit and Marketing in 2009. In this capacity he continued his role as the Head Cheer Coach for the Spirit Squads while also performing a wide range of duties for the marketing department. In addition to his time at Baylor and Texas Kip was a staff member for the Universal Cheerleaders Association from 2003 - 2011. As a UCA staff member Kip was awarded "Rookie of the Year" in 2003, and "Head Instructor of the Year" in both 2006 and 2009. Despite spending a few years in both Austin and Waco, Kip has grown to love OU and the Norman community. He is extremely proud to be a part of one of the most prestigious Athletic Departments in the nation, and hopes to contribute to the Oklahoma tradition of excellence. Boomer Sooner!
Melissa Thomas - Pom Coach
Melissa Thomas is beginning her sixth year as a Pom Coach at the University of Oklahoma. She was a member of the OU Pom Squad from 2001-2005, and was the Captain her senior year. She has had the privilege to be on the sideline at football national championships, bowl games and Final Four basketball appearances. She also danced on one of the top 10 teams in the country, and now has the wonderful opportunity to coach a top 5 team herself. Melissa is excited to be involved with one of the most excellent athletics departments in the nation. Melissa graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Human Relations. She is married to Jay, and they enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Barbie Parker - Cheer Coach
Barbie is an OU graduate with a degree in Communications. She was a proud member of the OU cheerleading team from 1980-1984, and was the team captain during her final year. Barbie was also a long-time Head Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association, as well as the successful owner and operator of the nation's longest running cheerleading and power tumbling gym. She has judged at the collegiate, high-school and international levels, and is excited about joining one of the nation's elite athletic departments. Barbie is thrilled to return to her alma mater, and is dedicated to making a positive contribution to a cheer program she loves. Barbie's husband, Steve, is an OU law graduate and her son, Mason, received his degree in English from OU in 2011. Her daughter, Micah, plans to attend OU next year.
Cody Westerhold - Cheer Coach
Cody Westerhold is beginning his second year as an assistant coach of the OU Spirit Squads. He was a member of the University of New Mexico Spirit Squad from 2003 to 2006. He has worked for Universal Cheerleaders Association for the past 8 years, teaching cheer camps in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Along with teaching camps he has also worked at many regional and national competitions. He has coached high school and all-star cheerleading for the past 10 years, participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and has also performed in Trinidad and Tobago for World Cup soccer matches. Cody graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Peggy Whaley - Athletic Camps Coordinator
Peggy Whaley, Athletic Camps Coordinator, oversees the summer Spirit Camps for University and other clinics and competitions. Peggy just finished her 24th year of managing the summer camps for the American Cheerleaders Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance, Universal Cheerleaders Association, and Universal Dance Association. Peggy was the cheer coach for OU from 1995-1998. Peggy holds a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Education. She is married to Mike and they have a daughter, Mary Beth.