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Former coach and mentor led squads to national recognition

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    "Myron was more than just a coach to all of us. He was a wonderful leader, a mentor, a friend and a second father to many of us. He taught us discipline, relentless practice for perfection, and pushed us to be not only great cheerleaders, but also successful students and most importantly, men and women of character. He is an amazing individual and an exceptional coach whose success in collegiate cheerleading is unmatched by anyone." – Christen Young (04)
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Those familiar with MSU’s cheerleading program are undoubtedly aware of the man who catapulted MSU
Cheerleading to the dominant, competitive status of today.

Myron Doan (71), a native of Falmouth, Ky., 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 first year of competition was probably one of the biggest highlights of my career,” Doan said. “We were in unknown territory, having never competed before, so coming out on top was a tremendous experience.”

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 held six national championships during his tenure.

“We always had full support from the administration and the student body,” Doan said. “They were enthusiastic about our program and enthusiastic about our success.”

In 2004, Doan made the decision to retire from MSU, both as cheerleading coach and dean of students. He still remains involved with the cheerleading program, and made a brief return in 2010 to serve as an interim coach. Doan continues to be a tremendous influence at MSU and actively supports 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, was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004 and the University’s cheerleading practice room was named in his honor in 2006. He also participated in revising the college cheerleading manual for the Universal Cheer Association and maintains the necessary coaching certifications to remain involved with competitive cheerleading.

Doan currently resides in Butler, Ky., where he serves as an adjunct instructor of music at Northern Kentucky University. He also serves as chairman of the Pendleton County Planning Commission, a member of the Pendleton County Educational Foundation, and is vice chairman of Kincaid Regional Theater.

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