New Cheer Coach Introduced
Alicia Rogers to Lead SAGU Cheerleaders
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The excitement and passion that describe college athletics is often personified in the color and zeal of cheerleaders! Southwestern Assemblies of God University is no different!
For the first time in almost a decade the SAGU Cheer Team will be under the direction of a new Head Coach in Alicia Rogers, who was officially named to the position by Athletic Director Jesse Godding.
“I am so excited,” she said of her initial response to signing on for her first year. “I am full of anticipation for the coming year. It’s going to be so much fun!”
Rogers says her longtime love for SAGU has always included sports. “This position is exactly what God has called me to do: guiding college students in the ways of God as they seek Him for a plan for their future.”
The former graduate of SAGU (2000, B.S. in Elementary Education), along with her husband, Nick, have been serving as dorm pastors in Bridges Hall. Many members of the team reside there, allowing the couple to establish relations. Nick also graduated from Southwestern, where he earned a pair of degrees (B.S. in Church Ministries, M.S. in Theological Studies).
They have enjoyed ministry positions at First Assembly of God (Youth Pastors) in Carlsbad, NM; Harvest Time A/G (Youth Pastors) in Sherman, Tx; and were volunteer pastors at Life Fellowship, an A/G church plant in Allen, Tx.
Her goal is to bring an overall spirit of enthusiasm to fans at SAGU sporting events. “I also plan to demonstrate a 100% commitment to cheering,” said the expressive Rogers.
“I also have the opportunity to be a mentor in their (cheerleaders) lives,” she continued. “My hope is to lead by example; with a heart open to God and by loving others. I am competitive by nature. My goal is for the cheer team to capture that same competitive spirit and express it in their cheerleading abilities.”
Rogers follows Beverly Robinson, SAGU’s Director of Career Services. The veteran ‘cheer master,’ who hails from Oklahoma City, Ok, coached the squad with excellence for over eight years.
Alicia and Nick share something in common with Beverly. They are all natives of Oklahoma; Alicia is from Anadarko (born in Chickasha), while Nick is an Okie from Muskogee. They have two young children; Nash (6) and Anna (3).
“My family is also excited about this!” Alicia added. “We are all sports fans. Our son, Nash, knows a lot of the SAGU athletes by name and what sport they play. And if Anna had a dream job for me, I'm sure this would be it!”