FCA Cheerleading Executive Director
Raised in the beautiful New England town of Bethel, Connecticut, Marilou Halastra Braswell’s family moved to Athens, Georgia, during her teenage years where she quickly acquired a Southern drawl. Although she played softball, basketball and soccer up North, the only thing offered at her new school was cheerleading, so Marilou jumped right in with both feet!
After cheering in high school, she became a physical education major at the University of Georgia (UGA) where she was a cheerleader for three years and a member of the gymnastics team for two years. She was also an NCA College All-American her senior year and captain of her squad her junior and senior years. Marilou accepted Christ as a freshman at Georgia at a Campus Crusade small group. She was actively involved in FCA at UGA.
After coaching high school cheerleaders and teaching P.E. at the Lovett School in Atlanta for 6 years, Marilou returned to her alma mater, UGA, as the head cheerleading coach from 1993-2004. While there, Marilou served on the Board of FCA Athens. Afterward, she was named the Dean of Women at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta. Marilou has served in her current role as the Executive Director of FCA Cheerleading since October 2007.
Through FCA Cheerleading, Marilou now has an unprecedented opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with thousands of cheerleaders and coaches across the nation as she leads cheer camps and huddles. FCA Cheer also has cheer gym huddles, trains character coaches to work with local schools, and coordinates the FCA All Americans cheering each year at the Chic-fil-a Peach Bowl.
Marilou is the proud mom of two adult children, Laci Ann and Beau Matthew, and their spouses Adam Nelson and Stefanie Braswell. She also has two granddaughters- Caroline Grace and Lauren Olivia, the loves of her heart. Marilou loves to do triathlons, lead small groups of young married women and college seniors thru Athens Church and Watkinsville First Baptist and currently resides in Athens, GA.
Marilou's favorite Bible verse is: "The joy of the Lord is my strength". Nehemiah 8:10
Posted on Thu, June 14, 2012
by Gayle Tillman