Our Coaches

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MKilar Otte

Varsity and Competition Coach

I’m MKilar Otte. I’m from Hays KS. I was a gymnast for 12 years. I cheered from middle school up to college. I cheered at KU for 2 years until I broke my ankle. I ran a boys gymnastics program while in high school. My favorite tumbling pass is a front tuck step out round off backhand spring full.


Jenna Witteman

JV Coach

Hi, my name is Jenna Witteman and I’m excited to be the JV Cheer coach! I am a retired collegiate cheerleader and dancer coming to SME with over 5 years of instructing experience under Universal Cheerleaders Association. I also had the pleasure of coaching at Hays High School during my senior year of college at Fort Hays State University. 

I have a true passion for helping athletes gain confidence in themselves, specifically through the empowering outlet of cheerleading! 

Go Lancers!


Carolyn Wolff

Freshman Coach

My name is Carolyn Wolff and I am the Freshman Cheer Coach. I was a Lancer and attended Shawnee Mission East from 2009-2012! While at East, I cheered all four years, was captain my sophomore year, and was on Varsity for two years. I am also a pre-kindergarten teacher at Comanche Elementary School. I look forward to returning to my alma mater and coaching the sport I truly love. Go East, and remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer!

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Laura Buckman

Program Director

I'm Laura Buckman. I have been coaching cheerleading for 13 years. I am the Program Director at East, and I teach Spanish at Indian Hills. I absolutely love coaching cheerleading. Go Lancers!


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