Molly Penland was named head coach of the Brevard College Competitive Cheer and Dance team by Vice President of Strategic Planning and Athletic Director, Juan Mascaro prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.
A 2016 Brevard graduate, Penland also serves as the Director of Business Operations and the SAAC Advisor. Penland earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice from Brevard College, and her Masters of Business Administration from Western Carolina University in 2018.
In the classroom at Brevard College, she was honored with the Rising Star Award—Criminal Justice Division (2014), Outstanding Practice of Psychology Award (2015, 2016) and GPA Award—Criminal Justice (2016). Penland’s academic performances got her inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society) and Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society). Penland was also active in student government as a senator along with being president of the student athletic advisory committee.
Upon graduating from Brevard, Penland worked in the business sector for Tapestry Residential Eating Disorder Facility where she served as Lead Residential Counselor and Site Counselor. As Lead Residential Counselor, she oversaw residential care, supervised mealtimes and leading groups including Body Image, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In the capacity of Site Counselor, she provided client care at the adolescent facility where she designed meal plans and led Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups after school with adolescents.
During her time as part of the cheer and dance program, Penland received the Coaches Award as a freshman, team MVP her junior year and earned the Best All-Around award her senior season. Additionally, Penland also served as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee president during her senior year.
Penland has worked as a volunteer coach for the Transylvania Twisters, a local cheer squad, where she assisted in tumbling and preparing the team for competition.