David Almeida, a former NCA national and Grand Collegiate champion, was named the new head cheerleading coach. Almeida comes to Coastal Carolina from Jacksonville State University, where he has been the head cheerleading coach since 2013.
While at Jacksonville State, Almeida oversaw the game day and competition activities of the spirit program. With the Gamecocks, the cheer program saw improved GPA and graduation rates, along with the development of numerous university and community stewardship initiatives under Almeida.
Prior to JSU, Almeida led the cheer programs at Geroge Washington University (2012-2013) and Kansas Wesleyan University (2011-2012).
Concurrent to his collegiate coaching career, Almeida has also helped lead several All-Star cheer gyms, winning national championships at the All-Star level along with developing scholarship-level athletes.
Almeida's personal experience and accolade also include: NCA National and Grand Collegiate Championship team member, NCA National Collegiate Champion affiliate coach, and judge of local, state, national and world championships. He is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators and the United States All-Star Federation. Almeida earned a bachelor's degree from George Mason University.