Program Director / Coach
This season marks Linda’s fifteenth year coaching Michigan State University Pompon. She has been directly involved with the sport of pompon for twenty years, including four-year member and captain of her high school team, two-year member of the Mid American Pompon All Star Team, Sparkle & Shine Award recipient, and MAPP Scholarship winner. Following high school, Linda was selected to join the Mid American Pompon Staff where she served as a summer camp instructor and Co-Director of the nationally recognized All Star Team. Linda also worked for Mid American Studio as an instructor and Director of Day Camps & Special Events. Linda has been hired to judge pompon / dance competitions and tryouts throughout the state, as well as hosts many private team training sessions for a variety of programs. Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Michigan State University in 2005. In addition to coaching, Linda works for Michigan State University as Marketing Brand Manager for Residential Education and Housing Services and is currently pursuing a Masters degree from MSU in Strategic Communications.
Danielle Cowper Kurajian
This season will be Danielle’s seventh year coaching Michigan State University Pompon. Danielle has been an active member of the pompon world since 2005. She was a three-year member and captain of her high school team, as well as a two-year member of the Mid American Pompon All Star Team. After high school, Danielle became a member of the Mid American Pompon Staff where she was an instructor and judging coordinator for all MAPP summer camps and regional competitions. This judging training has given Danielle many opportunities to judge competitions and tryouts at the middle school and high school level throughout the state. Danielle was also a member of the MSU Pompon team for three years. During her time on the team she also held an executive board position as Treasurer, for two years. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State in 2013 in Child Development. In addition to coaching, Danielle teaches at Dolsen Elementary in South Lyon, MI, is an instructor at The Barre Code Metro Detroit, and is pursuing a Masters degree in K-12 Educational Administration. Danielle lives in Sylvan Lake with her husband Phil and pup Rizzo.