YORK -- York Comprehensive High varsity cheerleader coach Brandi Alexander has announced her resignation, effective immediately.
Alexander, who succeeded her sister, Susan Spencer, said her reasons for leaving the position are twofold.
"I want to work on my second masters," she said. "I also feel the cheerleaders need a coach that can be with them on a daily basis, someone from the high school staff.
"I am looking out for the girls and me."
Alexander said she will miss all of the cheerleaders but will stay in touch.
The departing coach added, "I will not disappear, although it may appear that way."
YCHS athletic director Steve Boyd said he was disappointed Alexander's leaving but understood her reasons for stepping down.
"We tried to talk Brandi into staying," Boyd said. "She's done an excellent job."
Boyd said cheerleading is a long season, beginning with tryouts in April.
"We appreciate Brandi's leadership role," he added. "We'd love to have her back someday."
Alexander knows a thing or two about the duration of the season.
"After tryouts and spring practices, we give the cheerleaders a couple weeks off before summer camp and preseason preparations," she said. "
Next are football and basketball seasons, extending to February.
"We've had a good year and accomplished a lot," Alexander said. "I will be there for tryouts, if they need me. I'm sure the new coach will have her own ideas."
Alexander teaches fifth-grade at Cotton Belt Elementary School. Her sister, Leslie Reel, teaches math at YCHS.
Boyd said applications for cheerleader coach are being accepted.
"We will announce the tryout dates once a new coach is in place," he said.