Weekly Feature

2017-08-09 / Sports

Cheer coach to be enshrined in Kenmore West Hall of Fame


Suzanne Dewey Suzanne Dewey Coach Suzanne Dewey represented the Blue Devils of Kenmore West as the varsity cheerleading coach from 1972-2004, a span of 32 years.

Over that time period, Dewey transformed the program from one of a recreational pep club to a competitive activity. Through their efforts, coaches like Dewey initiated the first steps to where cheerleading is today; a state-recognized, competitive varsity sport with league, section and state championships.

For everything Kenmore West cheerleading has now, Dewey served as the architect. She had competitive tryouts that were judged by people not associated with the team. She developed scoring rubrics, and before final selections were made, she would poll teachers and administrators throughout the high school for a character reference of every candidate.

Long before the state identified cheerleading as a sport, Dewey held her athletes firm to the athletic department’s Code of Conduct and supplemented those rules with her own tight discipline. Suzanne was one of the first coaches locally to take advantage of cheerleading clinics for her athletes. She would enter the Blue Devil squad in competitions during the off-season.

In addition, coach Dewey valued the importance of having her teams perform community service projects. It was important to her that her girls develop a program culture centered on positive values, spirit, cohesion, commitment and skill.

For many seasons Dewey coached the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams in both the fall and winter seasons.

This is the second in a series of 11 introducing Kenmore West High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 13.

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