Bishop Lynch High School welcomes back a former Friar cheerleader to take over the school's cheer program, hiring Kelsey Taherzadeh (McClintick) earlier this month.
Taherzadeh attended Rollins College in Florida where she competed in wakeboarding, but a pair of broken hips ended her competitive career and led her back home, where she graduated with a college degree from Texas Christian University in 2013.
Coming back to Bishop Lynch was always intriguing for the Class of 2009 alum.
"I loved Bishop Lynch as a student and still love it today," she said. "People always end up coming back here and now I'm one of them. It's a great community and family."
Taherzadeh started with the program one day before tryouts took place for the 2017-18 squads and will work with returning coaches Molly Vaudry and Katie DuPuis.
After graduating college, she became a licensed cosmetologist and now owns the Lakewood-based Bodega Wine Bar with her husband.
However, the cheerleader in her never went away and she happened to find the perfect way to not only get involved with cheerleading again, but also reestablish herself in the BL community.
"I loved cheer in high school and always wanted to get involved again," she said. "Doing it at BL seemed like a perfect fit."
Taherzadeh said the chance to get in on the heels of a state championship makes the job that much more exciting.
"Cheering for a winning team is always fun," she said. "But supporting a team that just won a state championship is very exciting."
Taherzadeh married her husband Amier two years ago, who has two children – 10-year-old Aryana and five-year-old Marco. The couple has a one-year-old son – Leo –and is expecting another child in late November.