ECCC Names Bailey Swearingen Gibson Cheer Coach

DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) – Bailey Swearingen Gibson has been named the new cheerleading coach for East Central Community College.

Gibson is a Meridian native and former Ole Miss Rebel cheerleader. Gibson is also a graduate of Northeast Lauderdale high school and has won three state cheer championships. She has already been with the Warriors as the Wellness Coordinator since August 2020.

“I am excited to be asked to take over leadership of the ECCC Warrior Cheer Team,” said Gibson. “The Cheer Team at East Central has a long history of supporting our student-athletes, bringing energy and enthusiasm to Warrior fans, and being important members of the campus and greater community. We want our cheerleaders to be held to a higher standard because they represent the college publicly many times during the academic year,” she said.

Gibson said her goal is to eventually transition ECCC Cheer into a competitive program.

“That transition is a few years away, but our goal is to build a foundation of hard-working, energetic, driven, and talented student-athletes so that one day we can compete in the Game Day Division of the Universal Cheerleading Association of Collegiate Nationals,” explained Gibson. “The first step in this process is to attend UCA College Camp, and we will do that with next year’s team,” she said.

Gibson previously worked as a cheerleading instructor at East Mississippi Cheerleading in Meridian and as a fitness instructor. She is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified Group Fitness Instructor.

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