XULA’s Caston chosen NAIA National Coach of the Year

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Glenn Caston
(Photo: Yamlak Tsega)

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Glenn Caston has been chosen NAIA Competitive Cheer National Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season. The NAIA announced the award Friday.

Caston guided a third-year program to XULA’s first-ever NAIA national team championship March 12 at Ypsilanti, Mich. XULA scored a meet-record 93.70 out of a possible 100 points to win the championship over 14 other schools.

“I’m so grateful and humbled to receive this acknowledgment from my peers and colleagues,” Caston said. “My greatest joy is the success of the many athletes I have the privilege of working with each day. What we have built is deeper than a national title. It’s the service-driven leaders who will go on to serve their communities in pursuit of making our world a better place.”

XULA finished the season 33-0 — XULA’s first unbeaten season in any sport since men’s basketball was 29-0 in the 1940-41 season.

“The most important thing Coach Glenn did this season was not only take care of us on the mat but also off the mat,” junior flyer Yaa’Ann Agyeman-Yeboah said. “He does a great job of understanding that for us to perform we must be doing OK outside of cheer as well. He always takes time to check in on us, make sure our schooling is OK, and advocate for us in many spaces.”

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