BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College Interim Director of Athletics Tim Curry recently announced the hiring of Bryce Seals as the new full-time cheerleading and dance coach.
Seals is the first-ever full-time coach for the cheerleading program. In addition, the dance team is a newly added program to the athletic department and will make its debut during the 2012-13 academic year.
"We are excited and pleased to have Bryce join our staff," said Curry. "He is very accomplished in his young career as a cheerleading coach, and I look forward to seeing him bring the same excitement and success here at Union."
Seals commented, "I'm excited to be here at Union, and I'm excited the college is putting an emphasis on cheer and dance now."
A native of Berea, Ky., Seals is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Kentucky with a degree in public relations. With over a decade worth of experience in cheer, Seals was a member of the Kentucky Elite All-Stars from 2000-03 and cheered at Eastern Kentucky from 2006-09. In addition, he worked at Varsity Brands from 2006-10.
During the past two years, Seals has coached a pair of eastern Kentucky high school programs, leading them to several awards and honors. He coached at Clay County High from 2010-11, helping the cheer teams to several titles including second place at the 2011 UCA Nationals in the Small Varsity Division as well as first place in the 2011 KAPOS Girls Sweet 16 State In-Game. Seals led the squads at Perry County Central High from 2010-12, assisting them to numerous honors including first place at the 2012 ICU World Championships in the Small Varsity Division and first place at the 2012 KAPOS State At-Large - Small Varsity Division.
"I look forward to building a reputable program here, one that will interest student-athletes into coming to Union College," said Seals.
During the past few years, Union has had some success at national competitions as it has won national titles at CANAM National Championships.