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Scarsdale High School Cheerleading Looks to Soar to New Heights With Their New Coaching Staff

Published 09/25/2023, 4:34 PM EDT

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The Scarsdale High School cheerleading program underwent a remarkable transformation, ushering in a new era of promising guidance. Inviting a revamped coaching staff, iconic 23-year head varsity coach Stacy Monteiro marked her departure. The decision has everyone dumbfounded, sending shockwaves through the program.

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After the dynamic decision was announced, athletic director Ray Pappalardi took charge of elaborating on the matter further. Joined by a hiring committee that included returning cheerleaders, he embarked on an enhancement campaign. As a team, they focused on rebuilding and redefining the program’s future. This transition is set to bring a fresh perspective to the squad, offering new techniques, strategies, and renewed energy.

A fresh start with reshuffles in cheerleading coaches 


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The declaration of a sudden change in the coaching faculty promised to take Scarsdale cheerleading to even greater heights. The shuffle witnessed the appointment of Varsity Head Coach Franny Donahue, assisted by Heidi Lajqi. Program assistant Arianna Mafes and junior varsity coaches Allie Genova and Alexis Valencia were among the other new recruits. 

The hiring committee consisted of both experienced voices and fresh faces. They ensured a well-rounded approach to coaching that combines the best of tradition and innovation. However, with consideration for the newly formed hopes, Monteiro’s training skills were nothing short of exceptional. Her legacy had uplifted the team’s reputation with her epic achievements as Scarsdale’s third-longest tenured head varsity coach. 


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Scarsdale cheerleading’s unwavering legacy

During her tenure, Monteiro had successfully created a formidable foundation for the young cheerleaders in over two decades. The Scarsdale High cheerleaders’ journey included a notable milestone in 2008 when they secured a spot in the UCA Nationals semifinals. Since 2018, the team has also consistently reached the semifinals in the traditional category. 

However, success for the Scarsdale cheerleading program has never been about shortcuts. The winning zone was on and off the mat, with the world adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Impressively, the team’s resilience was evident when they continued navigating through injuries, illnesses, and even the disruption of UCA Nationals. With Monteiro on their side, the cheerleaders smelled the sweet scent of efficiency. 


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With the sudden notification of coaching changes, Scarsdale High is encountering shifted dynamics and external obstacles. However, the cheerleading program stood resilient, as the fresh coaching staff, led by Franny Donahue hoped for a remarkable future. The program looked ahead with renewed vigor, built on dedication, adaptability, and a never-give-up spirit.

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Sanchari Bhaduri


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Sanchari Bhaduri is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from IGNOU, she embarked on her content creation career in 2015 with freelance projects. Her previous role involved her serving as a Content Manager for Reddit.
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Arnima Shukla