Cheers to Kim Kiser, retiring as Windham’s cheerleading advisor after 32 passionate and influential

Cheers to Kim Kiser, retiring as Windham’s cheerleading advisor after 32 passionate and influential


By Jonah Rosenblum Staff Writer Published: June 15, 2017 4:00 AM

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Kim Kiser is retiring after three-plus decades as Windham’s cheer coach.

Even so, some things never change.

“It’s Windham all the way,” Kiser said, as she munched on crepes at the Bob Evans in Streetsboro. “Any cliche that was ever written, I believe it in my heart.”

That’s a common sentiment in Windham, according to Heather Fall, Kiser’s longtime assistant cheerleading coach and president of the Bombers’ alumni association.

“Once a Bomber, you bleed black and gold,” Fall said. “That’s just how it is. I don’t know what makes you so attached to it, but it’s home.”

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As Kiser ends her decades-long tenure atop Windham cheerleading, she says, “Honestly, I can do it forever,” and yet, she wants to spend more time with family so, “It’s time.”

Decisive in saying goodbye, a world away from Brett Favre, her hello came more randomly. Windham didn’t have a cheerleading coach for the 1986 season, so Fall asked her mom, Lou Ann, to take over. Lou Ann said she would help but didn’t want to coach the program on her own.

“She said, ‘Only if you can find someone to help,'” said Fall, as she assisted the Bombers’ baseball team in preparing for its annual golf tournament. “The only person I could think of was Kim Kiser.”

Why?

“She believed in Windham, and she was there, she was always there,” Fall said. “I knew she would be committed to us.”

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So began decades of coaching Bombers cheerleaders, 19 of those years with Heather Fall at her side — often at the expense of sleep. After starting in the financial industry, Kiser went back to school to become a nurse when she was 50. The problem was nursing required plenty of late nights, so Kiser often found…

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