Stepping Up: Q&A with new cheer coach Jackie Clare

New cheer coach Jackie Clare used to cheer with the 49ers before an injury that put her on the path to coaching. Photo by Jackie Clare

New cheer coach Jackie Clare used to cheer with the 49ers before an injury that put her on the path to coaching. Photo by Jackie Clare

Santa Rosa High finally has a cheer coach; Twenty-five year old Jackie Clare coaches both the junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. SRHS cheerleaders are now able to get back to their normal routine of performing at games, stunting, and learning new halftime routines.

How did you hear about the job?
I heard about the job from one of the cheerleader’s moms that I used to work with.

Why did you apply?
Because cheerleading is something I love doing, and I wanted to continue doing it after high school. I got hurt so I couldn’t do it, so I decided to put my skills into a team that would be willing to work as hard as I did.

What past experiences have you had with cheer?
I have 15 years of cheer experience, [I was] Pop Warner all through high school, and I was supposed to cheer with the 49’s but I got hurt. I cheered with the Golden State Warriors cheerleaders, and I coached for three years.

What changes have you made to the cheer team, and what changes do you plan to make in the future?
Well, we’ve made changes to dances, we’re bonding way better, and I’m going to make sure the girls have uniforms and warm-ups, go to camp, and get the full experience with the four years they need to have. Oh, and I’m not going to walk out.

What do you think of the team so far?
They have the ability to go so far and to be a competition squad if they wanted to. [Also], they have skills of every level, and its going to be a great season.

Are you planning on taking the girls to any competitions?
Yes. Probably next year, because it’s already mid-season and we can’t do it now.

Are you planning on staying on as the Santa Rosa High cheer coach?
As long as I feel it’s fun for me and the girls, then yes, I’m not going anywhere.