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Merrill J. Gadsden II Bio

Merrill Gadsden started his coaching career at South Carolina State University as the Head Cheerleading Coach in July 2016.

Gadsden is a 2016 graduate of South Carolina State University, where he served in many capacities within the program. He served as the co-captain, business manager, a two-year captain, the mascot handler and assistant cheer coach for the South Carolina State University cheerleaders. Currently, he is a high school teacher at the OCSD5 High School for Health Professions. He also owns his own company called 5 Star Coaching and Consulting where he host cheerleading and pageant camps and clinics.

Gadsden has coaching experience from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and the High School for Health Professions, where he choreographed and designed routines for pep rallies, community events and competition purposes. Gadsden has been the backbone of the South Carolina State University cheerleaders since his second semester on the team.

“The experience I have gained from being apart of the SC State Spirit program is one that I am so grateful for. It has allowed me to serve on many platforms and opened more doors than I could imagine.”

Merrill J. Gadsden II