Ensley named NCCCA’s Coach of the Year

Pisgah head cheer coach received award at convention at Greensboro
By Rhonda Byrd | Aug 27, 2013
Photo by: Kelly Boone Pisgah’s Tammy Parris Ensley shows off her Coach of the Year plaque.

CANTON — Pisgah High School varsity head cheer coach Tammy Parris Ensley was recently honored by the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association as its 2014 coach of the year during a ceremony at its summer conference on Wednesday, July 24, at the Mariott in Greensboro.  
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Coach Ensley. “I coach because I love young people and I love Pisgah High.  My goal every year is to give my team the best possible experience they could have as a high school cheerleader and being a member of a team.  I teach teamwork, hard work, responsibility and accountability.  I hope I get to coach for nine more years. The girls keep me young at heart and my life would be a bore without them.”         
Each year the NCCCA honors one coach with its top coaching award for years of service, outstanding dedication, leadership and guidance to student athletes.
Coach Ensley has been a member of the NCCCA for six years and has been coaching for nine years.  Ensley was  a former cheerleader for the Bethel Blue Demons, the Pisgah Black Bears and the Western Carolina Catamounts.
The NCCCA sponsors the all-region squads and selects its all-state cheerleading team that cheers at the East/West football and basketball games.  During her tenure at Pisgah High, Coach Ensley has had 13 all-region cheerleaders and three named all-state.
Ensley has also had a cheerleader who finished sixth (out of 166 cheerleaders from across the country) at the National Cheerleader of the Year competition, which is sponsored by Cheer Limited.
In addition, several of her former Pisgah varsity cheerleaders have cheered, are currently a cheerleader at the college level or coaching cheerleading.
The NCCCA also awards scholarships to many high school cheerleaders across the state.
Ensley’s 2012 cheer squad won the school’s  first-ever state cheer championship.