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Cheer’s Monica Aldama is retiring from coaching after 3 decades

Monica Aldama, the head coach of an elite cheerleading squad featured on Netflix’s hit docuseries Cheer, announced her plans to retire on Sunday...READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE▶▶

After 30 years of training the Navarro Cheer team and bringing home 17 National Championship trophies since 2000, the 51-year-old revealed this will be her last semester coaching in a lengthy Instagram post.

If you had asked me 30 years ago where my life was headed, I never would have thought I would be coaching cheerleading, certainly not for 3 decades,’ she began in a lengthy post on Instagram.

‘As a young, naïve 22-year-old, I had big plans for my future. I just knew I would make it to Wall Street one day and build my business empire. It’s funny how life works though. God knew what He had in store for me and what my purpose was going to be. I took what I thought was going to be a temporary job coaching, but here we are 30 seasons later.’

End of an era: Monica Aldama, the head coach of an elite cheerleading squad featured on Netflix's hit docuseries Cheer, announced her plans to retire on Sunday

End of an era: Monica Aldama, the head coach of an elite cheerleading squad featured on Netflix’s hit docuseries Cheer, announced her plans to retire on Sunday

Coach: After 30 years of training the Navarro Cheer team and bringing home 17 National Championship trophies since 2000, the 51-year-old revealed this will be her last semester coaching in a lengthy Instagram post (seen in 2020)

Coach: After 30 years of training the Navarro Cheer team and bringing home 17 National Championship trophies since 2000, the 51-year-old revealed this will be her last semester coaching in a lengthy Instagram post (seen in 2020)

‘God knew exactly what my passion was, and He opened the door for me to share that passion with others in sport – and ultimately the world. Wow! What a run! It’s been incredible what these amazing athletes have accomplished. From day one, my whole world has revolved around the Navarro College program and every cheerleader that has come through those doors. Every athlete has made me who I am and has made me a better person, a better coach, a better friend, and a better human. They have taught me lessons I never would have learned had I chosen a different career path,’ the mother-of-two continued.

I have been given the gift of spending most of my life with people from all over the world, from different cultures, with different personalities, with different quirks, with different backgrounds and different beliefs. It taught me a much bigger kind of love and empathy than I could have ever imagined. For that I will be eternally grateful.’

I always knew that my time coaching would eventually come to an end, and I would pursue other opportunities,’ Aldama wrote.

I have prayed a lot about what direction God was leading me in, and it was that prayer that I felt the tug that God was pushing me into a different role and different purpose. I know that I can still help effectuate changes that we need in the world, and certainly in the sport of cheerleading. I felt His calling and I knew the timing was right for this to be my last season coaching. He has big plans for me, and I will faithfully follow where He is leading me. I am excited about the upcoming opportunities and projects and cannot wait to share where life takes me. Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support. I have felt every bit of it! All my love, Monica❤️’

Her comment section was flooded with sweet comments from her former students and mentee, who flocked to sing her praises.

I love you so much! I could never thank you enough for everything that you’ve done! So proud of you! ❤️ Enjoy and soak in every second of this new chapter!’ former cheerleader Morgan Simianer wrote under Aldama’s post.

Meanwhile, Lexis ‘Lexi’ Marie Brumback wrote: ‘You changed so many lives for the better, I love you so much and I’m so happy that I was blessed to be coached by someone so strong, intelligent, & caring.’

Maddy Brum, who appeared on the second season of Cheer, gushed: ‘I love so much monica aldama! I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor in my life and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me! I love you so so much!!’

'If you had asked me 30 years ago where my life was headed, I never would have thought I would be coaching cheerleading, certainly not for 3 decades,' she began in a lengthy post on Instagram

If you had asked me 30 years ago where my life was headed, I never would have thought I would be coaching cheerleading, certainly not for 3 decades,’ she began in a lengthy post on Instagram

Beloved: Her comment section was flooded with sweet comments from her former students and mentee, who flocked to sing her praises

Beloved: Her comment section was flooded with sweet comments from her former students and mentee, who flocked to sing her praises

'I love you so much! I could never thank you enough for everything that you've done! So proud of you! ¿¿ Enjoy and soak in every second of this new chapter!' former cheerleader Morgan Simianer wrote under Aldama's post

I love you so much! I could never thank you enough for everything that you’ve done! So proud of you! ❤️ Enjoy and soak in every second of this new chapter!’ former cheerleader Morgan Simianer wrote under Aldama’s post

The coach’s retirement comes just a month after she was dismissed from a lawsuit  that accused her of covering up a cheerleader’s sexual assault.

In November, the author told her more than 799,000 Instagram followers that she was relieved but also ‘somewhat consumed by sadness and anger.’

I was broken, a shell of myself,’ she wrote of the investigation. ‘Navarro Cheer members were constantly attacked online. I was constantly attacked. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, and most of the time it was hard to even breathe.’

She went on to express feeling that ‘USA Cheer failed’ her.

Talented: In 2020, Aldama competed in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars, alongside Val Chmerkovskiy (seen in October 2020 on DWTS

Talented: In 2020, Aldama competed in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars, alongside Val Chmerkovskiy (seen in October 2020 on DWTS)

The reality star skyrocketed to fame on Netflix’s docuseries, which debuted in January 2020 and chronicled her elite cheerleading squad at Texas’ Navarro College.

In 2020, her mentee Jerry Harris was arrested for ‘enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.’

Aldama, who worked closely with Harris on Cheer, said her heart had been ‘shattered into a million pieces’ over the scandal.

‘Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I’m praying hard for the victims and everyone affected,’ she stated on social media. ‘I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news,

Last year, Harris was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for crimes relating to child pornography and soliciting sex from minors.

The Texas native was 19 years old at the time of his arrest.

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