CONWAY, S.C. - Elizabeth Appenzeller, who was arrested Sept. 9 on charges stemming from resisting arrest and public intoxication, has resigned as Coastal Carolina Universitys head cheerleading coach, school officials confirmed Tuesday.
Appenzeller had worked for the university since 2009 and oversaw the Chanticleers cheerleading squad and the universitys mascot, Chauncey.
Martha Hunn, Coastals director of news and public affairs, said the university would have no comment other than to confirm Appenzellers resignation. Associate athletic director for media relations Mike Cawood said the resignation became effective Friday and added that CCU athletic director Hunter Yurachek had no comment on the matter.
Speaking by phone Tuesday night, senior cheerleading captain Katie Reddington said the team is ready to move forward.
I would say that were excited about the direction that were going in, and Elizabeth did a lot of great things getting the program to the point it is now, Reddington said. We dont have anything to do with her personal life, so were just going to keep looking forward and not back.
As of Tuesday, J. Reuben Long Detention Center listed Appenzellers charges as resisting arrest, assault while resisting arrest/assault on police officer, public disorderly/public intoxication and criminal domestic violence. She was released on Sept. 10.
The police report said officers were called to a residence at 12:30 p.m. the day before after a woman refused to get out of the bed of a mans pickup truck, and when officers arrived they found the 31-year-old Appenzeller sitting in the bed of the truck and a 29-year-old man inside the truck who said the two had been in a relationship. When officers asked her to get out of the truck, she did but became loud and boisterous and used profanity while standing in the roadway, according to the report.
When officers arrested her, Appenzeller resisted and reportedly kicked officers until she was handcuffed.
She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Megan Johnson, an assistant under Appenzeller, has been named interim head coach of the Coastal cheerleading program for the rest of the football season and a more permanent decision will be made at that point, Cawood said.
The program, which competes at the annual National Cheerleaders Association national championships, does not provide scholarships for the cheerleaders, but some do receive stipends, he said.
Reddington complimented Appenzellers organization and leadership, and while the news has generated some buzz outside the program due to the way it unfolded publically, she does not feel the coaching change will be a significant obstacle for the squad.
It really hasnt changed anything because the coach thats in place was our assistant coach, she said. She [is] a great role model and wonderful asset to the program, and I dont have any doubts that well keep moving forward.