By Clayton Carroll

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Audra Parks Wilson is the new cheer coach on The Hill. The former Campbell County High School Cheerleader takes over for Bre Price.

Wilson brings 24 years of cheerleading experience to Campbell High. She began cheer at the young age of four years old and has remained involved with the sport through cheering or coaching to this day. As a matter of fact, Wilson said that she has been cheering so long that she “can’t remember” beginning.

Previously, Wilson was the cheer coach at La Follette Middle school for a year; and most recently, coached the cheer team at Jacksboro Middle for the past four years.

She has many individuals to thank for their time and effort into making her cheer career successful.  First and foremost, she wanted to thank her family for supporting her. She also mentioned Gretchen Thomas, principal at JMS, for giving her a chance to run the Eagles’ cheer program. Wilson appreciates Beverly Huddleston for being there for her and helping her. Wilson also expressed gratitude to the administration at Campbell County High for allowing her to lead the “next level” of competition.

Audra Parks Wilson was cheer coach at Jacksboro Middle School the past four years.

Audra especially was inspired by Holly Williams Martinez. Cheer runs in the Martinez family, as Willow Mae, Holly’s daughter, currently cheers for the University of Tennessee.

Wilson wanted to thank Martinez “for being my first cheerleading coach 24 years ago and teaching me that if you want to be good that you have to work hard!”

Audra said that she doesn’t plan on changing much in the cheer program as she believes the program was run very well. “I’m excited to get started and put my own little twist and personality into the job,” said Wilson.

Tryouts for the Campbell High Cheer squad are April 8-10th (Mon.-Wed.) at 3:30-4:30 pm in John Brown Gym. To sign up, either copy the link below or scan the QR code.