Frontier News
Photo by Wally Feldt
Photo by Wally Feldt
Frontier News - Tue, Jul. 18, 2017

Dillon, Mont. - Brylee Zumpf has been named the head cheer coach for the University of Montana Western.

Zumpf, a 2015 graduate of the university, brings 12 years of cheer experience to the Bulldog squad. She is a Miles City native, and graduated from Custer County High School and Miles City Community College. She attended The University of Great Falls (currently The University of Providence) where she was part of an all-star cheer squad that placed in the top ten at the NAIA National championship.

While at Montana Western, Zumpf earned her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Zumpf was part of the Bulldog cheer squad for two years. During that time she also volunteered as a cheer coach for the Dillon Beavers where she was promoted to the head coach in 2016.

Zumpf is currently employed by the Women's Resource Center (WRC) in Dillon, Mont. While serving the clients at the WRC she was recognized as a recipient of the "25 Under 25" Award through the Forward Montana Foundation for her outstanding work.

Former Bulldog head cheer coach, Megan Woolley stated that, "I have known Brylee since she was a high school cheerleader and have had the opportunity to watch her grow into an amazing young lady, coach, and mentor. She's going to be a great asset to the Bulldog Cheer Squad, continuing its growth and success. I'm excited that the student-athletes in the program will have the opportunity to work with her as well as Brylee having the opportunity to lead an amazing group of student-athletes.

Coach Zumpf has named Taylor Canright as her student-assistant coach. Canright is a Junior at Montana Western majoring in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Special Education. Canright has been sidelined by injury and will transition to her role in coaching. She was recognized by the team as the "Rookie of the Year" and earned "Champion of Character" recognition her sophomore season for the Bulldogs. One of her greatest attributes is her strong leadership ability. She brings six years of cheer passion and experience to her new role as coach.

Canright is originally from Helena Mont., and has been very active in the Dillon community. She regularly volunteers for the Women's Resource Center and the Dillon Beavers Cheer squad. Canright represents the cheer program on the university's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Director of Athletics Russ Richardson stated that he is thrilled with the hiring of these two young professionals to take the leadership of the Cheer Program. "The Bulldog squad has earned the reputation of being the pride of the Frontier Conference because of their high flying stunts and precision dance. Under the direction of Coach Zumpf, I am confident that the program will continue to evolve as these student-athletes have a great experience."