January 23, 2017 —
HOBBS, N.M. – The University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced the hiring of Asrelle Anderson as its first Head Cheerleading and Competitive Dance Coach, introducing her as the newest member of the Mustang Athletic Staff.
Already one of the fastest growing intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation, USW will add Cheerleading and Competitive Dance programs for the 2017 fall semester. All told, the Mustang Athletic program will now boast 19 sports programs for the upcoming academic year.
“Asrelle Anderson’s well-rounded cheer and dance background, excellent teaching skills and recruiting ability at the intercollegiate level will serve her well in her role as our first Head Cheerleading and Competitive Dance Coach at USW,” stated Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner. “Her commitment to student-athlete success in the classroom and on the field of play will be a great fit with our athletic department core values as well as our University Mission Statement in this regard.”
Anderson comes to USW from Sul Ross State University, an NCAA Division III institution in Alpine, Texas. At SRSU, she was Head Cheerleading & Dance Coach and was responsible for the recruitment of cheerleaders, choreographed cheers and dances, organized and set-up pep rallies while managing and developing fundraising techniques to benefit the Lobos’ cheerleading and dance program.
“Words can’t describe how grateful and blessed I am for this opportunity,” Anderson said. “I would like to thank Mr. Weidner and the search committee and can’t wait to join such a friendly and family-oriented athletic department.”
Anderson previously served as a captain for the cheerleading program at SRSU and cheered for four years at the prep level as well as being a member of All-Star Cheerleading.
“I can’t wait to enhance the overall atmosphere on campus and insure that faculty and staff members as well as the student body know that every day is a “Great Time to be a Mustang,” Anderson said. “The USW cheer and competitive dance teams will be great additions to the university community.”
A former student-athlete, Anderson served as a captain for the Lobo women’s basketball team and earned several honors, including two-time Sul Ross State Women’s Athlete of the Year, Sul Ross State Women’s Basketball Team Most Valuable Player, American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year Award and Honorable Mention American Southwest Conference.
In addition, Anderson was a standout performer as a student-athlete with the SRSU track and field program in which she was also selected as a team captain and was honored as the Outstanding Female Performer for Track & Field. After her graduation from SRSU, Anderson served as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball program and the cross country & track and field programs at her alma mater.
Anderson graduated from SRSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology & Sports Science with a minor in Communication. She also earned her Masters in Education with specialization in Special Education at SRSU.
“Asrelle will be a wonderful addition to our athletic department, the University and the Hobbs community,” continued Weidner. “On behalf of our USW Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, we welcome Asrelle Anderson as the newest member of our Mustang Family.”