“I like performing in front of people and I love sports, so I got to go to all the games,” Dick said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Dick continued cheering at Keene State, where she was a three-year captain.
“We had great camaraderie on the team, especially my senior year when we placed seventh,” she said.
While at KSC, Dick was also a cheer instructor for the National Cheerleading Association, teaching middle school, high school and college kids at numerous camps. She received several honors from the NCA, including the top rookie instructor for the northeast region (2006), the top veteran instructor (2007), the top rookie head instructor (2008), and in 2009 was nominated for a leadership award.
Although Dick enjoyed her two years at UNH, especially the performances at Wildcats’ football games, she said she couldn’t say no when her alma mater came calling.
“The head coach at UNH went to school there and he told me how great it was to come back,” she said. “Now, I understand why he felt that way”
Dick has set realistic goals for her young 16-member squad.
“I want the team to improve every day,” she said. “Even though a lot of them don’t have a background in cheering, they’re like sponges. “I just have to tell them something once and they get it and fix it. The first couple of practices, they could barely hit a stunt and now they’re hitting them solid.”
Dick said she also understands the team’s strong desire to go to nationals Jan. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla.
“I’d just love them to go out there and hit their routine,” she said. “I want them to do well, but I also want them to have fun.”
Cheering at four basketball games so far this season, the team has gotten a very positive response.
“I came in a week and a half before the start of the season and after the first game I never got so many compliments,” Dick said. “I’m very proud of them.”