The Office of Student Life has named Garrin Gosnell
as the new Head Cheer Coach for Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Coming from a head coaching position at Kilgore Junior College in
Texas, Gosnell was chosen after instructing a private cheer camp
for HPU this summer.
After reviewing multiple applicants for the position, school officials
selected Gosnell to head the Sea Warriors in August. Because of previous
commitments his start date was set for October.
His personality and qualifications fit right in with HPU Cheer and
embody what HPU represents,” said Director of Student Life
Originally from Florida, Gosnell, 30, has taught cheerleading for
12 years. For the past eight, he has been the head instructor for
the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Camp Circuit, instructing
top atheletes across the nation every summer. Recently, he returned
from Europe where he toured and taught independent camps in Germany.
Garrin has discipline, is a strong leader, and holds a lot of passion
for Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Bridget Hall, an
assistant cheer coach.
As a student and head coach at Florida Atlantic University, Gosnell
won his first NCA National Champion Title in 1999. The first of many
accolades, he continued his career cheering at Stephen F. Austin
State University from 2003-2006, a Division I school in Texas.
At SFA, Gosnell won four consecutive titles while competing with
the Lumberjacks. In addition to being named captain at SFA his final
year, he was simultaneously the head coach at Kilgore Junior College;
all the while receiving a bonus scholarship for exceptional academics.
It’s exciting to work with such a well-respected powerhouse
like HPU,” Gosnell said. “My passion is coaching college
cheerleading, and it’s rare to find a full-time job you love
Gosnell’s technical skills are widely known; he was named partner
stunting champion by the Universal Cheer Association in 2004.
He has come in running,” said Lisa Doyle, assistant director
of Student Life. “His enthusiastic manner and balance of character
makes him real.”
After his first week of practice, the athletes agree.
James Fowler, a five- year veteran and smack coed captain said, “This
year’s teams are more talented than ever before. We are very
excited about Garrin and the upcoming year.”
The assistant coaches and my supervisor Adrienne Lampitelli have
kept this program strong while there was not a head coach present,” Gosnell
said. “I am so thankful to be a part of a program that receives
so much support from the president and the University.”
Gosnell succeeds previous Head Coach Matthew Parkey who leasd HPU
to five national Cheer titles and who resigned last year.
The Large Coed Team consisting of 13 guys and seven girls, will compete
for its fifth consecutive title this year at NCA Nationals. Small
Coed, consisting of 16 girls and four guys, was created by Parkey
in 2005 and will compete for its third consecutive title at NCAA
It’s not just a sideline sport anymore, when you make this
level of cheer, must and are expected to be a well-rounded athlete,” said
coed member Aaron Johnson.
HPU Cheer has many traditions and expectations to fulfill. From community
events and national competitions, it seems as though Gosnell will
have a busy first year.
I love tradition and never want to change that aspect of HPU,” said
Gosnell. “But after talking with the assistants, they agree,
the big bows have to go.”
Planning to also pursue a degree in hospitality management, Gosnell
will lead the cheerleaders to Daytona Beach, Florida this April where
HPU will defend its titles.
He is also well aware and happy that board shorts and slippers are
common attire here in the islands. Gosnell is looking forward to
a great season with HPU Cheer.