Cheerleading: Coosa High practice

Cheerleading coach Beth Nichols spots sophomore Talyn Murphy during practice at Coosa High, November 1, 2012. (File, Brittany Hannah/RN-T)

Brittany Hannah


The Coosa High competition cheerleading team is ending an era, as coach Beth Nichols is starting a new era in her personal life.

Nichols announced on Monday at the Coosa cheerleading banquet that she would be resigning to devote more time to her family.

Nichols, who is expecting her second child in April, guided the Coosa team to three state titles and one state runner-up finish during her five-year stint from 2008 to 2012.

Last November, the Lady Eagles won their second straight GHSA Class AA state championship.

Still, it’s not winning that Nichols will miss the most.

“I’m going to miss the girls a lot,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday night. “I think I’ll miss their personalities and getting to know them and watching them grow, especially the ones I got as freshmen.

“(I will miss) how they transform, not only in cheerleading, but in life and how they grow to be young adults and learn their little lessons.”

Although Nichols said the girls were upset to learn that she was leaving the program, she concluded that back-to-back state titles is a note that is high enough to leave on.

Nichols now is looking forward to the next chapter of her life which includes focusing on her second child — a daughter due in April — and her 18-month-old at home.

“With the time commitment that it takes (to coach) I don’t know that I can devote the time I need to to (the cheerleaders) and have two babies at home and be able to devote the family time I need to devote to my family,” said Nichols, who also guided Coosa to a state title in her first season with the team.

“I’m trying to be fair to the girls because it’s hard not give 100 percent to them, but at the same time have to focus on my family too with two babies at home.”

Nichols mentioned the fact that the Coosa cheerleaders are already enough like her own children made the decision even more difficult.

“It’s like my kids are 17 teenagers and an 18 month old,” said Nichols.

Coosa has not yet announced who will replace Nichols.