COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA
The Iowa Western Community College Athletic Department went with one of its own to direct the highly successful competitive cheer team. Raven Gau, a member of the Reiver cheer team from 2011 to 2013 and a team captain, was named head coach of the National Junior College Athletic Association powerhouse program.
"I am happy to have a person the caliber of Raven on board to lead our cheer program," said IWCC Athletic Director Jeremy Capo. "Raven brings an intense passion and energy to our program that will serve our student athletes well. During the interview process, it was clear that Raven holds Iowa Western in high regard having been a former member of Reiver Cheer. Raven fits the culture we have here at Iowa Western, and I have no doubt that she will field a competitive team while also making a significant impact in the lives of our student athletes"
Following her educational and competitive career at Iowa Western, Gau went on to star at the University of Central Florida, where she was a scholarship athlete from 2014-2016. She was a member of the UCF national qualifying cheer team three straight seasons and was named UCF Athlete Volunteer of the Year for her work in the community. She also earned a professional educator's certificate from the State Florida Department of Education in the areas of elementary education (K-6), K-12 reading endorsement and English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12).
Gau said she looks forward to returning to Council Bluffs and leading the next generation of Reiver student athletes. "As a Reiver alumnus, having the opportunity to coach at my alma mater is truly a dream come true," she said. "I want to provide the student-athletes with the same guidance and mentorship that I had when I was a part of the program. I am dedicated to providing nationally competitive and entertaining performances that reflect Iowa Western's overall commitment to excellence. I am committed to developing the personal skills of leadership, academic excellence, and self-discipline in each of my student-athletes. The development of these skills will build a foundation of integrity making the Iowa Western Spirit Program a source of pride for students, alumni, and the Iowa Western community."