Halls grad Cunningham joins CAK as cheer coach

Julya JohnsonHalls, Our Town Teens

Brooke Cunningham has been hired by Christian Academy of Knoxville as head coach of the high school cheerleading squad. Cunningham grew up in the Halls community and has been involved in cheerleading since she was 6 years old.


Formerly serving for five years as CAK’s middle school cheer coach, Cunningham most recently has been leading the Christian Youth Football elementary cheerleading team.

“I’m super excited to be involved with the Spirit program at CAK again,” says Cunningham. “I coached a few of the girls when they were in middle school, and I am looking forward to working with them as well as the rest of the team.”

Cunningham cheered at East Tennessee State University and was on staff with the Universal Cheerleading Association. After completing a communications degree at ETSU, she earned a master’s in sports marketing and management from the University of Kentucky.

“Brooke definitely has the charisma and infectious personality to lead our cheer team,” says Ried Estus, CAK director of athletics. “I’m confident she’ll develop meaningful relationships with our girls, and they will surely respond to her energy.”

Cunningham resides in Knoxville with her husband, Matthew, and their children, daughter Leighton, and sons Bryant and Grayton. The family attends Fellowship Church. There will be a high school cheerleading interest meeting on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the high school commons. Parents and students are invited to attend. Tryout clinics are April 2-4 and the tryouts are April 5.

Wax Museum is Friday

Third-graders at CAK will present a Wax Museum from 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the middle school gym. This year’s theme is titled “Heroes of the Faith,” and all are invited to attend.

Julya Johnson is director of communications for Christian Academy of Knoxville.

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