Morehead State University cheerleading coach and dean of students Myron Doan passed
away Sunday. (Sign guest book)
He is survived by his
mother; Mary McDaniel Doan of Falmouth, a brother; David (Karen) Doan of Cold
Spring, a niece; Amanda (Jim) Gastright, a nephew; Matthew (Emily) Barker, and
great nieces and nephews; Brendan Barker, Liam Barker, Norah Barker, Mitchell
Gastright, Jacob Gastright, and special friends; James Joyce and Carl
Funeral services will
be held on Thursday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at the Pendleton County High School
gymnasium with Bro. Darrell Breeden officiating. Pallbearers for the service
will be James Moore, Billy Humphrey, Ryan McGovern, Scott Bell, Tony Nash, Jared
Young, Mark McTague, Ron Pies and Craig Munte. Honorary Pallbearers will be
current and former cheerleaders.
Burial will follow in
the Short Creek Cemetery. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8
p.m. in the gymnasium.
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.
dean of students, he worked with student organizations and advised Tau Kappa
Epsilon fraternity, Interfraternity Council and Student Government Association.
Myron Doan Cheer Practice Room, formerly the gymnastics room, in the
Academic-Athletic Center was named in his honor in 2006.
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.
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.
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.”
1988 championship was just the beginning of the cheerleading program known
today. During Doan’s career, the coed squad captured 14 national championships.
An all-girl squad was added in 1994, and they held six national championships
during his tenure.
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. He also participated in revising
the college cheerleading manual for the Universal Cheer Association.
The University’s cheerleading practice room was
named in his honor in 2006. In conjunction with the naming of Myron
Doan Cheerleading Practice Room, an endowment was also established in
his honor. The Myron Doan Cheerleading Endowment
supports the needs of the cheerleading program at MSU. Contributions
to the fund in Doan’s memory can be sent to the MSU Foundation, 150
University Blvd., Box 1887, Morehead, KY 40351.
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