Cyndi Mellin was named the new Competitive Cheer Coach/Game Day Experience Coordinator at Indian Hills in December 2014 and has steadily built the program since then. It was a new position at IHCC designed to reflect the college's intent to have the cheer squad not only perform at college events, but also enter cheer competitions. And squad has done just that.
Last year, the IHCC Cheer and Dance teams took part in the UCA's and UDA's largest cheer camp in the nation in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where they competed against schools from across the nation and took home the UCA's Program Improvement Award, which recognized their hard work and development.
Mellin, at Ottumwa native, is a graduate of Iowa State University where she was a member of the ISU cheer squad for four years. The squad consistently finished in the top seven at national competitions during her time at ISU.
After graduating from Iowa State with a bachelor's in education, Mellin earned a scholarship offer from Hawaii Pacific University where she received her MBA. While in Hawaii, she also won numerous partner stunt championships while continuing her cheerleading career.
Mellin has been a coach, judge and head instructor at UCA events. She has also acted as a cheer consultant for squads nationwide, including those in the Big 10 and Big 12 conferences.