MACON—In an effort to better structure student programs that promote school spirit and interest in student activities, a spirit team coordinator has been hired. The purpose of the new role will be to organize the efforts of the Mercer cheerleaders, mascot, pep band and, in the near future, a pom-pom squad.
Becky Takac, who has considerable experience as a cheerleading coach and gymnastics instructor, has been named the spirit team coordinator. Takac, a University of Alabama graduate, said she began cheering in her early years and has maintained an interest in cheering and fan support at athletic events.
“I strongly believe the cheerleaders, mascot, pep band and other spirit squads are at student and athletic events to ignite excitement and energy to the fans and to cheer the team on to victory,” she said. “With the first full season upcoming for both the men’s and women’s teams in the University Center, we have a chance to create an unbelievable home atmosphere for Mercer Athletics.”
Takac, who also teaches fourth grade at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, formerly was the cheerleading coach at Embry-Riddle University and a gymnastics instructor at the Daytona Beach Recreation Department. Her husband, Jeff, is director of Housing and Residence Life at Mercer.