Michelle Sabourin has been at the reigns of the Cheer & STUNT program since its inception in 2012. The program has seen tremendous growth and success in its short tenure as a sport at Alma College.
Sabourin has built the Scots into national contenders at both the NCA and College STUNT Association level. Sabourin's 2016-17 squad won the Intermediate All-Girl III Championship at the 2017 NCA College Nationals for the program's first-ever NCA National Champion title. The team then moved up to the Advanced division, claiming back-to-back titles by winning the 2018 NCA College National Championship in the Advanced All-Girl III Division. The team claimed runner-up honors in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019.
In the emerging sport of STUNT, Alma has appeared at every College STUNT Association Championship since its second year as a program. The Scots placed second at STUNT Nationals in 2017, 2018, and 2019 for the program's best showing at the event. In 2014, Coach Sabourin was named USA Cheer's 2014 STUNT Coach of the Year.
Sabourin spent 12 years with Champion Cheerleading, which sponsors annual summer camps at Alma College. In addition to being a staff director with Champion, she has been involved in competitive cheer with several other institutions and organizations. These include choreography for Dana's Dynamics, senior team coach at Victory Athletics, founder and head coach of the two-time national champion Force All-Stars, and a five-year coach at Hudsonville High School.
Sabourin is a 2009 graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in integrated science and also obtained her elementary teacher certification. She was a four-year letter winner on the nationally-ranked Laker Coed Cheer Team. After graduation, she spent three years in Texas teaching fourth grade. Sabourin attended East Kentwood High School, where she was a four-year varsity letter-winner with all-state honors in competitive cheer.
Sabourin earned her masters in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2018.