Blinn Cheer Team 2014, 2015 and 2016 NCA National Champions
May 7, 2016 - 10 a.m to noon - Mandatory Tryout
May 7, 2016 - 2 to 5 p.m. - Mandatory Practice
Coach Michael Brewster
Michael Brewster is in his third year as the head cheer coach and fifth season with the Blinn Spirit Program. Brewster has been involved in cheerleading for more than 10 years as a participant, coach and choreographer. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in business management, Brewster was a part of three NCA Collegiate National Championships during his time there, including the captain of the 2006 team.
During his time with the Blinn Cheer Team, the cheerleaders finished fourth at the NCA Championships and in 2012 and second place in 2013 before winning back-to-back National Titles in 2014 and 2015.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Brewster grew up doing everything but cheerleading as he won national titles in both roller speed skating and roller hockey. He attended Charleston Southern University on a football scholarship before having his career cut short by a knee injury during his freshman year.
Coach Sarah Barland Flisowski
Sarah Barland Flisowski is in her fourth year here as Blinn College spirit coordinator and head dance coach. The Blinn College Dance Team is the three-time ADTS Collegiate Champions and for the past two years it has received second place at NDA College Nationals.
Barland Flisowski is a former member of the Blinn College Treasures Dance Team and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University -- now Texas State University -- in San Marcos with a degree in exercise sports science and minor in political science. She also just earned her master’s in physical education from Prairie View A&M University. Barland Flisowski then started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for 2 years at Berry Middle school. She then went on to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD to become the director of the award-winning RL Turner Lionettes. She was the director of the Lionettes for seven years before coming back to Blinn as the coach of the Blinn College Treasures Dance and Cheer Teams. Sarah is also a 10-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School. She has been the ADTS Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator now for the past six years. Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, which is the halftime production company of the amazing Capital One Football game.
The move to Brenham is a great one that puts her closer to her family. Her sister, Alice Henrichsen, with husband Eric and nephew Brady are all in the Houston area and parents Mary Sue Carter and Ken Barland still live in the Golden Triangle. Sarah is a graduate of Orangefield High School, member and three-year officer of the Orangefield High School dance team, and All-American Dance team member her senior year. Her hobbies include taking dance classes, triathlons, reading and watching college football. Sarah recently married Dax Flisowski and make their home here in Brenham.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many Cheer Team members does Blinn have?
Blinn will have between 36 and 44 cheer team members.
What athletic events does the cheer team cheer at?
The Blinn College cheer team performs at all home football games, select away football games, men’s and women’s basketball home games and women’s volleyball home matches.
How often does the cheer team practice?
Practices and weight training / cardio conditioning sessions are held three to five days a week.
How is the Blinn Cheer Team selected?
Cheerleaders are selected based on their ability to represent Blinn College as well as their ability to perform recommended skills for performances and competition.
What are recommended skills?
- Jumps connected with back tuck
- Jumps connected with BHS tuck
- Round off BHS layout or better
- Flyers - Front and side body positions with double downs from both
- Standing tuck/full
- Jumps connected with BHS(s) tuck/full
- Round off BHS layout/full or specialty pass
- Unassisted extended stunts
Is there a weight or height limit?
There is not a weight or height limit, but all potential members must maintain the appropriate physique to execute the required skills.
Do Blinn cheer team members receive scholarships?
36 athletes will receive athletic scholarships each season.
MAKING THE TEAM
Recruit clinics are conducted in a practice-like environment during which the level of each candidate’s skills and talents, and their ability to work with current and prospective team members, will be evaluated. A short interview with the candidate may be conducted at anytime during the sessions.
We will have one mandatory tryout clinic and a closed final try-out with two sessions. The clinic and final tryout sessions are mandatory unless arranged with the coaching staff ahead of time. The final try-out will be by invitation only. Final team selections will be made at the conclusion of the final try-out. Try-outs will be held in the Heineke Gym on the Brenham campus (map).
To schedule tryout attendance, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidtates should wear athletic practice attire to all recruit clinics and tryouts.
Getting Started …
Incoming freshmen must have already applied to Blinn College for the Fall 2014 semester to try-out. Students cannot be admitted on any type of probation.
Blinn College students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and be in good standing with the College. Students cannot be on any form of academic and/or disciplinary probation.
Completed medical forms and information sheet.
One head-to-toe color photo and one head shot of recruit. Do not have special pictures taken for packet, a snap shot is fine. Pictures will not be returned.
Two letters of recommendation.
Copies of all high school transcripts from incoming freshman and college transcripts from transfer or current Blinn students.
$30 processing fee. Only checks or money orders made out to Blinn College will be accepted.