Coaching Staff

Chelsea JulianIMG_7255
Program Director / Coach
This is Chelsea Julian’s 2nd year coaching MSU Pompon. Chelsea has been actively involved in the sport of pompon for 18 years. She began her pom career as a 6th grader with the Howell Pompon Program, and quickly stood out as a strong leader and choreographer. As a 4-year member of Howell Varsity Pompon, she played a role in establishing Howell as a leading Mid American Pompon program. Chelsea was a 3-year captain, 3-year Mid American All Star, and Mid American Pompon Sparkle and Shine award recipient. During high school, Chelsea was an avid youth coach who helped organize and lead numerous pompon clinics, fundraisers and service projects. Upon graduating from Howell High School in 2010, Chelsea was selected as a member of the 2010-2011 Michigan State University Pompon Team. She was also selected as a member of the Mid American Pompon Staff, where she was able to spend 4 years mentoring young women on high school and middle school pompon teams from across Michigan. After transferring to Grand Valley State University, Chelsea joined GVSU Pompon in 2014 and graduated with her Masters in Social Work in 2017. She began coaching Howell Varsity Pompon in 2018, and led her team to achieve great success, including 2018 High Kick Champions and 2020 Pompon Class A State Runners Up. Chelsea currently resides in the Howell area with her dog, Lola, and works as a Recruitment Specialist for Peckham, Inc, a large non-profit vocational rehabilitation organization based in Mid-Michigan.

Gabbi O’ConnellIMG_7257
Program Director/ Coach

This is Gabbi O’Connell’s 2nd season on the MSU Pompon Coaching Staff. Gabbi has been involved in pompon for over 9 years. She started her pom career with South Lyon Pompon where she was on varsity for 4 years and served as a team captain her senior year. In addition, Gabbi was also selected as a Mid American Pompon All Star for her senior year. After Gabbi graduated high school in 2014, she was selected as a member of the Michigan State University Pompon team. During her sophomore year, Gabbi served as the team’s Private Team Clinic Coordinator, helping to facilitate clinics and workshops to strengthen the high kick and pompon skills of middle school and high school teams. In her junior year, Gabbi was appointed Co-Assistant Captain and later Co-Captain her senior year. Gabbi graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She currently lives in Ann Arbor where she works at Big Brothers Big Sisters as Partnership Coordinator, and volunteers in various positions with Camp Kesem, a non-profit organization.