Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


June 22, 2014

19-time Morehead national champion cheerleading coach dies

MOREHEAD — Retired Morehead State Cheerleading Coach and Dean of Students Myron Doan passed away Sunday. Services are pending and will be announced later.

Doan was the driving force behind MSU's transition into a powerhouse in cheerleading and setting the standard in that competition. He was one of the winningest cheerleading coaches in the U.S., and allowed MSU to have one of the best programs in the country, with students coming from near and far to participate.

As dean of students, he worked with student organizations and advised Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Interfraternity Council and Student Government Association. The Myron Doan Cheer Practice Room, formerly the gymnastics room, in the Academic-Athletic Center was named in his honor in 2006.

A native of Falmouth, Doan came to MSU in 1967 to study music. After completing his bachelor's degree, he worked at the campus radio station, WMKY, while completing his graduate degree. In 1985, he was named assistant to the vice president of student life and would later become assistant dean of students, and then finally dean of students.

Doan was first introduced to college cheerleading after agreeing to accompany the cheerleading squad on road trips. In 1979, he began coaching the squad and immersed himself in trainings, workshops and cheerleading rules and procedures. MSU Cheerleading would explode onto the competitive scene in 1988.

That 1988 championship was just the beginning of the cheerleading program known today. During Doan's career, the coed squad captured 13 national championships. An all-girl squad was added in 1994, and they claimed six national championships during his tenure.

In 2004, Doan made the decision to retire from MSU, both as cheerleading coach and dean of students. He remained involved with the cheerleading program, and made a brief return in 2010 to serve as an interim coach. Doan continued to be a tremendous influence at MSU and actively supported the MSU Foundation with planned gifts to the cheerleading and keyboarding programs.

Doan's coaching career is one of the most celebrated in the world of cheerleading. He was named Cheerleader Magazine's Coach of the Year in 2002 and was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004.

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