Michelle McCarty was named head cheerleading coach at SNHU in May, 2011.
With 29 years coaching experience under her belt, McCarty returns for her ninth year as head coach for Southern New Hampshire University.
In 2019, the SNHU Cheer squad finished in fourth place at the NCA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Penmen advanced to the finals with a program record score in the prelims, and just missed eclipsing that mark in the finals on Friday. That improved by one position the squad earned in 2018. Also in 2018, SNHU Cheer took home first place in all girl D2 as well as Grand Champions of the collegiate division at the New England Cheerleaders Association (NECA) competition March 31st at the Ryan Center on the campus of URI.
When not at SNHU, McCarty also serves as the head cheerleading coach at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., a position she has held for the past 18 years. Her squads have won 26 State Championships, including both fall and winter spirit championships in 2018-19. Pinkerton has won 10 New England championship titles. McCarty’s teams at Pinkerton have been nine-time Sportsmanship winners in Division 1.
McCarty is a 1995 graduate of Keene State College with a degree in Acting, Directing, and Technical Theatre. When not coaching she can be found creating routine choreography as well as providing stunting clinics, cheer bootcamps, and youth camps to teams across New England. She lives in Weare, N.H. with her husband and 6 dogs and is heavily into animal rescue and rehabilitation.