Varsity Spirit Inducts 2021 Class Into Varsity Legends

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Jan 18, 2022

Memphis, TN., January 18, 2022 – Varsity Spirit – the global leader in cheerleading, dance team and band apparel, camps and competitions, and a division of Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition – is pleased to announce that a new class of individuals has been inducted into the Varsity Legends Program. In 2008, Varsity Spirit created the Varsity Legends to honor those who have made significant contributions to the Varsity Spirit legacy. From innovations in uniform designs, to the advancement of our camps and competitions, the Varsity Legends played a pivotal role in transforming cheerleading and dance into the dynamic and athletic activities they are today.

The 2021 class of Varsity Legends includes:

  • Bill Ahern
    • Current VP of Staff Development for Varsity Spirit
  • Candy Berry
    • Head Coach of Greenup County High School for 45 years and long-time member of the Varsity Spirit family
  • Brian Carroll
    • Former General Manager of Varsity Spirit Fashion
  • Buffy Duhon
    • Current VP of Business Projects & Brand Operations for Varsity Spirit
  • Jim Lord
    • Current Director of Education and Programs for USA Cheer
  • Penny Ragan
    • Current VP of Customer Service and Registration for Varsity Spirit
  • Tracie Marciniak
    • Former VP of Co Dance and Host of the Varsity Spirit ESPN Shows
  • Tracy Hill (June 8, 1970 – September 22, 2021)
    • Former SVP of Sales Operations of Varsity Spirit Fashion

“These outstanding individuals have played a pivotal role in transforming Varsity Spirit and elevating the profile of cheerleading and dance,” said Bill Seely, President of Varsity Spirit, “In their quest to continually expand our activities, they’ve impacted countless lives, created incredible opportunities, and elevated student experiences for millions of athletes around the world.”

This year’s inductees were celebrated on Thursday, January 13 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at The Walt Disney World® Resort. To learn more about the Varsity Legends, visit


About Varsity Spirit
Memphis-based Varsity Spirit, the driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, is the leading global source for all things spirit, including cheerleading, dance team and performing arts. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation, as well as educational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting more than a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit’s employees have been dedicated to celebrating spirit through its brands since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit or

About Varsity Brands

With a mission to inspire achievement and create memorable experiences for young people, Varsity Brands elevates the student experience, promotes participation and celebrates achievement through three unique but interrelated businesses: BSN SPORTS, a Varsity Sport Brand; Varsity Spirit; and Herff Jones, A Varsity Achievement Brand. Together, these assets promote personal, school and community pride through their customizable products and programs to elementary and middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities, as well as church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams and corporations. Through its dedicated employees and independent representatives, Varsity Brands reaches its individual and institutional customers each year through competitions, camps and sales.


Emily Albert
Varsity Spirit