SKHS Cheer Team


Head Coach
Heather Hays MA.Ed
South Kitsap High School 

Ms. Hays brings amazing experience to the role. She has been dancing since she was a young girl, was on her middle school drill team, cheered at Olympic High School, and at Central Washington University. Ms. Hays has worked for the National Cheer Association instructing at Cheerleading Camps across the United States and she cheered semi-professionally in Kirkland, WA.


Additionally, Ms. Hays coached at Fairview Junior High and helped support Olympic High School for several years as a volunteer assistant. Most recently she was the assistant Cheer Coach for South Kitsap High School. She also is a member of the Washington State Cheerleading Association and maintains her Stunt Certification and CPR/First Aid Certification.


Ms. Hays attended Central Washington University where she earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Social Services then went back to school to earn her Master’s in Education and School Counseling. Ms. Hays is currently a Counselor at South Kitsap High School.


Merissa Ekman
Assistant Cheer Coach


Merissa Ekman was announced as the Assistant Coach on June 1, 2018.  Ms. Ekman cheered at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque New Mexico, and in college at the University of New Mexico. 


Additionally, Ms. Ekman coached summer camps for elementary and middle school girls, assisted in coaching a varsity high school team, and has experience in teaching tumbling skills to athletes.  She served as a cheer judge for the New Mexico NMAA high school state competition.


Ms. Ekman attended University of New Mexico where she earned her Bachelors in Sign Language Interpreting, and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders.  Ms. Ekman works as a Speech Language Pathologist for the South Kitsap School District. 


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