Q&A with competitive cheer coach Patti Glenn
Updated: Feb 25
Q: What brought you to RU and why do you choose to work here?
A: “I moved here for my full time job. I had been coaching for several years in the Lansing area. I wanted to get back into coaching, and the position became available. After interviewing with Coach [Klint] Pleasant, I just felt this was the place I was supposed to be.”
Q: What’s the easiest and hardest part of your job? Why?
A: I think the easiest part is interacting with the athletes and the student body. Teaching cheer just because I love it. The hardest part of my job is probably recruiting. The hardest part about recruiting cheer is that most of it is done with social media rather than face to face.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I think the most rewarding part of my job is seeing my athletes grow. Not only in the sport of cheer but also seeing them grow in life and becoming successful.
Q: What do you do outside of your job to stay sane, relieve stress, etc.? Or what are your hobbies?
A: I do work full time for the State of Michigan as human resources director. So, cheer is my way to stay sane and relieve stress. I consider coaching part of my hobbies. In addition to that, I enjoy traveling and crocheting.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Lansing, Michigan. I lived there until four years ago.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? Or in Michigan?
A: I enjoy the seasons. ,I love fall and visiting cider mills and pumpkin patches. I also enjoy being in downtown Detroit at the riverwalk.
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: My two Notre Dame Prep state championship rings.
Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A: When I was in high school, I was a hostess for the senior class Presentation of Roses. Presentation of Roses was a ceremony where the graduating seniors paid tribute to their parents and gave them roses thanking them for getting them to this point in their life. As a junior, I was one of the hostesses. We were dressed in formal dresses and stood among the senior class. When a senior was called to come forward, they would walk to a hostess and we would hand them the rose to give their parents. Just as I was handing a rose to someone, I fainted! All attention was on us as everyone would watch the senior get the rose and walk up to the stage. I was embarrassed and felt bad for the guy I was handing a rose to as I felt I stole his moment.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
A: Moving to the other side of the state where I did not know anyone and try to find my way.
Q: Who was your biggest influence?
A: I am just going to say myself because I knew I wanted to do better and I knew I wanted more things out of life. I wasn't going to let circumstances or my life situation get the best of me and bring me down.