by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College & State University hired Jimmy Redus to be the head coach of the cheerleading team as announced today (Oct. 6) by the athletic department.
Redus is currently vice president and all-star director of Middle Georgia Cheer Extreme, Inc. He co-founded the company with his wife Jessica in 1999. Redus started the Middle Georgia All-stars in 1997, which is in conjunction with Middle Georgia Cheer Extreme. He has assisted in producing over 30 national titles through this organization. In addition to coaching and running Cheer Extreme, Redus teaches choreography for schools across the country.
In 1988, Redus' cheer career began with the Tampa Bay All-Stars. He then attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in fitness management while being a four-year varsity cheerleader. Upon graduation in 1994, he stayed on as head coach at Mississippi State while working towards a masters in sports administration. The Tampa, Fla. native took the reigns of the Mercer University cheer squad in 1997, where he led the team to its first National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Tournament.
"I'm excited to be taking over as head coach, going back to NCA and bringing back some titles to Georgia College," Redus said.
The Bobcat cheerleaders have won numerous conference competitions and three national championships (1998, 1999, 2001). The Bobcats were also the national runner-up in 2003 and 2005. Last season, the cheer team took runner-up honors in the Peach Belt Conference Championships but failed to advance past the preliminary round of the Division II National Championships back in April. With the experience of Redus, the Georgia College cheerleaders look toward even more success this season.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.