Big Walnut High School varsity cheerleading coach Sarah Kern-Kildow announced via email last week that she is resigning from the head coach position. Kern-Kildow has led the high school’s cheerleading squads for the past 15 years, taking the Competition Cheerleading Team to an Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Division II State Championship in 2013, and led the squad to a sixth-place OASSA DI finish this year.
“It’s been an amazing 15 years at Big Walnut,” Kern-Kildow said. “I feel very fulfilled and I am leaving with wonderful memories and accomplishments. I’ve met and worked with so many talented cheerleaders and supportive parents over the years. I’m blessed to take those memories with me.”
Kern-Kildow said her goal was to build a powerhouse cheer program and win an Ohio Capitol Conference Capitol Division title; goals her teams achieved, and then some.
“In my years as head cheerleading coach we won seven OCC league titles, and had six runners-up finishes,” Kern Kildow said. “When I started I had aspirations for our girls to be State Champions, and we did that too.”
Kern-Kildow doesn’t just train girls to cheer at the high school level; she trains them to continue cheerleading as they go on to colleges and universities around the country.
“My former cheerleaders have gone on to do amazing things after high school cheer,” Kern-Kildow said. “Leaving our program, we have had girls cheer at Miami University, Otterbein, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State, Syracuse, Capital University, Ashland, Bowling Green, Ohio Dominican, Indiana Wesleyan, OSU All-Girl, Columbus State, Columbus Crewzers and Columbus Destroyers. What a joy it has been for me to see them go on to success at the next level.
“I could not be prouder as a coach to watch the progress of the program and the girls over the years,” Kern-Kildow added. “My coaching goals have been exceeded and it feels time to set new goals and try new things in my life. In addition, I’m looking forward to having more time with my family and friends.”