Texas Tech University

Erin Harold Alvarado

Head Pom Squad Coach

Email: erin.harold@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.742.5433

Erin Harold Alvarado begins her 11th year as the Pom Squad coach at Texas Tech University.

In 2017, she led the Texas Tech Pom Squad to the squad's first national championship in school history in Division 1A Jazz at NDA. Her team has won National Titles in consecutive year's—being crowned 1A Jazz Champions in 2017, 2018, & 2021, and 1A Pom Champions in 2018, 2019, & 2021. In 2022, the Texas Tech Pom Squad was selected to represent the USA at the ICU World Championships as the U.S. National Jazz Team. At the 2022 ICU World Championships, the team brought home the Gold Medal, being named World Champions in the jazz division.

While at Texas Tech, her teams have traveled to Shanghai, China to represent the USA in their annual Tourism Festival, performed alongside the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders many times, and are consistently requested to do performances across the United States. While at Texas Tech, her dancers have graduated and gone on to perform as members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Houston Texan Cheerleaders, Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, National Performance Tours, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Erin is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology, and a minor in dance. She was a member of the WVU Dance Team, and then coached for three years where the team won two consecutive NDA Collegiate National Championships in 2010 & 2011. She is an adjudicator for NDA, UDA, USA, USASF, PrimeTime Dance and Showbiz Talent. Erin has traveled to Tokyo, Japan to judge for JCDA, and travels to Australia to judge the AASCF Dance Nationals each year.

In addition to coaching the Pom Squad, Erin currently serves as an Adjunct Dance Faculty member at Texas Tech in jazz, contemporary, anatomy, pedagogy and tap. Additionally, she has been a guest speaker at Varsity, National Dance Coaches Association (NDCA), Crowd Pleasers and USASF Conferences, is a member of the NDCA, is the Category Director for the Contemporary/Lyrical division at The Dance Worlds and assists with NDA Judges Training.

In 2019, Erin was voted the National Collegiate Dance Coach of the Year by the National Dance Coaches Association.

Erin Harold Alvarado

Quick Facts

  • 11th year at Texas Tech, Head Coach
  • From Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Former Collegiate Dancer at West Virginia University
  • Varsity Brands Adjudicator & Head Judge
  • USASF/IASF Contemporary/Lyrical Category Director
  • Texas Tech University Adjunct Faculty Member
  • 2019 National Collegiate Coach of the Year

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