By Josh Neuhart
Grace College Sports Information
WINONA LAKE – Grace College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Durando as the next head coach for the cheerleading program.
Durando is a local product, cheering for Warsaw’s football and basketball programs during her high school career. She went on to cheer collegiately at NCAA Div. II Cedarville University (Ohio).
While at Cedarville, she helped with recruiting and choreographed many of the dances and routines during men’s and women’s basketball games.
“I am thrilled and humbled at the opportunity to lead the Grace College cheerleading program. My desire is to use this position to foster spiritual growth within the team so that they can lead in a way that is honoring to Christ. I am excited to lead the team in the tradition of bringing energy to the Lancer fans,” Durando said. “The support of the Grace College family has been incredible, and I am grateful to AD Chad Briscoe for his leadership and guidance as I step into this role. I am also thankful for my husband, family and church body for consistently cheering me on and nourishing my heart so that I can enthusiastically serve this great community!”
Durando is also a CPA with several years of experience with Crowe, LLP. She currently works as a staff accountant at Paragon Medical.
“We are excited for Jessica to lead our cheer program at Grace. She brings an excellent background in cheer, and she has a heart to serve the Lord and our students. She will be a tremendous addition to our department,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.