We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from Columbia, Maryland. The state of Maryland is very well known for the sport of cheer so being able to be a apart of some amazing programs within the DMV area has definitely molded me into the coach that I am today. I was able to cheer at some very unique gyms which really shaped and molded who I am today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well currently I am not only the Head Cheerleading coach for Southern University Athletics but I also serve as the Assistant Director for Marketing and Development as well. In that role I serve as the social media manager for the main department accounts, handle marketing and promotions for games, as well as oversee the Jaguar Athletic Fund which is the fundraising arm of our department. I would say I got to these two roles really through hard work and dedication and being persistent with my own personal goals. I’m someone who likes to look ahead and have 3-5 year plans because I think its important to look to the future and to invest in yourself. I definitely had the privilege in undergrad and graduate school to be able to participate in amazing internships that taught me a lot about the career path I’m in. I think I’d like the world to know that my best advice is to always bet on yourself. Supporting yourself is the first key to success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say we definitely would do brunch at Olive or Twist. I love the atmosphere on the weekends and the food is pretty good. I’d definitely take them to Top Golf it’s the perfect place to eat, drink and get somewhat active. Any one who knows me knows I love pizza so I would definitely take them to city slice or pizza byron’s two of my favorite pizza places here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely could go on and on about people who have helped me on my journey. First I would definitely have to acknowledge my parents and grandparents who without their financial and emotional support I wouldn’t even be here. The four of them are truly my backbone when it comes to the endless support they give. Next I would have to thank my former coaches who helped mold me into the coach that I am today. One coach in particular would be Coach April Taylor who coached me in my youth. She was definitely a tough coach but she was also loving and caring and she was about her business. I’d like to think that as a current coach hints of her show in me as well. Another coach I’d like to acknowledge is Coach Roy who I had the amazing chance to work with during my high school years. Coach Roy is a big reason that I ended up cheering in college it was him who really pushed me to continue to reach for the stars. Finally, I’d be crazy to not acknowledge my collegiate coach Terry Lily, although at times we most definitely butted heads I see now it was definitely for a reason and I forever grateful for my time within his program.