The Journey to FCA Cheer
After cheering in high school she became a physical education major at UGA where she was on the JV gymnastics team her first two years of college. Also, while at Campus Crusade for Christ her freshman year at the University of Georgia, Marilou realized she had a "religion" but not a "relationship" with Jesus Christ. She asked Him into her heart and so started her spiritual journey. The next 3 years, Marilou cheered for the Dawgs and was a two year captain and NCA College All-American her senior year. She was an active member of FCA in college.
After coaching high school cheerleaders and teaching PE at the Lovett School in Atlanta for six years, Marilou was hired to return to her alma mater, the University of Georgia, as the head cheerleading coach in 1993 where she coached until 2004. She then went on to be the Dean of Women at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta. She is currently the Executive Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Cheerleading Ministry.
Marilou lives in her hometown of Athens, GA. Her daughter Laci is married to Adam Nelson, a three-time Olympian in the shot put having won one silver and one gold medal. Her son Beau is in law school at George Washington University in Washington DC and is married to Stefanie Ortiz-Villajos Braswell. Marilou's two grandchildren Caroline Grace and Lauren Olivia Nelson, are the highlights of her life.
"The joy of the Lord is my strength!" Nehemiah 8:10