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Former cheer coach, dean of students, Myron Doan dies

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Retired 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 Blackburn.

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.

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 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 14 national championships. An all-girl squad was added in 1994, and they held 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.  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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