Season 2? ‘Cheer’ Coach Monica Confirms Who Has Eligibility Left at Navarro

Are Netflix cameras heading back to Corsicana, Texas? Coach Monica Aldama weighed in on the possibility of Cheer season 2 after revealing that fan-favorites from the series still have eligibility at Navarro College.

“We don’t follow your typical NCAA rules like the other sports. But for NCA, which is the company that we compete with for competition, you have five years of eligibility and three of those can be at a junior college,” Monica, 49, told Us Weekly exclusively.

While the coach told Us that “most” of her cheerleaders use two of their years of eligibility at Navarro, the Texas junior college profiled by Netflix, some of them stay for a third year.

“A lot of them will go on to universities that are still competitive, because not all schools compete,” she said. “So I have a lot that go to Texas Tech University, the University of Louisville, Oklahoma State, Sam Houston, University of Kentucky. Most of them definitely continue on at a university that does competitive cheer.”

Cheer, which dropped on Netflix earlier this month, followed Navarro’s 2019 squad’s journey to the NCA College Nationals in Daytona. Standout cast members included Jerry Harris, Lexi Brumback, Gabi Butler, La’Darius Marshall, Morgan Simianer and Mackenzie “Sherbs” Sherburn. While Lexi was cut from the cheer program after she was caught with illegal substances during the season 1 finale, Monica confirmed to Us that she is back at Navarro.

“Yes, Lexi is back. So her coach reached out to me and her mom and her grandmother, everyone wanted her back at Navarro, of course,” she explained. “I even said at the end of the series that I felt like that I still needed some time with her because she was doing so well. She did get into a bit of a trouble and that was all dropped. She did have to sit out in the fall semester and I felt like she had enough time to reflect on it and learn from it. She’s doing great and she’s really happy to be back here, and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.”

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Jerry, for his part, spent one semester at another school, but returned to Navarro last month to use his final year of eligibility at a junior college. La’Darius and Morgan confirmed via social media that they opted to do the same.

“We don’t really know anything about [season 2] right now,” Monica told Us. “So we’re just excited to be here right now and have season 1 and just the love and support of season 1. So, we’ll see.”

Scroll through for more from Monica — including how she feels about critics who think she is too tough of a coach:

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“Y’all got to see six hours of four months of work. So, you maybe necessarily didn’t get to see the times that some of the kids sat out for injuries or we just simply took a day off if we had to, or whatever the need was,” Monica told Us. “We definitely have trainers that take good care of the kids and we have doctors that we send them to. They all have treatment plans. A lot of the kids were sitting out at different times to either recover from something or just a little time off to heal. … We definitely take good care of those kids.” 

 

She concluded: “If they have to be pulled, even for the final performance, that’s what has to happen. So, it’s just hard to show all of that in six hours.” 

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The Magic of the Squad

Jerry quickly became a fan-favorite, which didn’t surprise his longtime coach.   

 

“From the moment I met him, when he walks in a room, I just instantly smile. Something about his personality, without him even speaking, it just kind of just comes out, you just feel joy,” she told Us. “Then if you hear him laugh, I can hear him laugh across campus, when he walks into the gym and I just start smiling. I don’t know, he’s definitely a special one. I think the fact that these kids all come from different backgrounds, they all bring so many different things to the team. They really are a fun group to be around.” 

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A Special Group

The former cheerleader also noted to Us that her squad is made up of men and women from all different walks of life. 

 

“I think that’s what people don’t realize, that’s how it usually always is. I mean, there’s not one group of people that are cheerleaders,” she explained. “In the world of cheerleading, everyone is accepted, which is, I think, maybe why people loved it so much. They saw that part of it and they didn’t realize that, because there’s a little bit of a stereotype there. It’s really a wonderful world inside cheerleading, where everyone is loved, everyone is accepted for who they are. They’re a special group, we’re just a really tight family.” 

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Bringing in the Cameras

Monica told Us that the cast of the docuseries is “amazed” by how the world has received the series. “I mean, we knew that the cheer community would watch it, but we had no idea that the whole world would watch it,” she said, noting that she was both nervous and excited when the camera crew first arrived. 

 

“We had to really put ourselves out there,” she said. “So you have to be vulnerable and open up, and so that’s always a scary thing. But we really trusted the team, so that was comforting.” 

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All the Feels

“I knew that they were opening up and telling their stories. But I think watching it back, I didn’t realize how emotional I would get,” Monica told Us. “Even though I know these kids, I know their stories, it was just told in such a touching way that, I’ve watched it four times and I’ve cried every single time. In the last episode, it was like I was reliving that moment. I was nervous, my heart was racing, I felt nauseous. I did not expect to watch it back with all of those emotions.” 

 

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Social Media Goes Wild

Viewers weren’t just quick to praise Monica’s coaching skills, but they also couldn’t help but compare her attitude to Sandra Bullock’s character Leigh Anne Tuohy in the 2009 movie The Blind Side — and her looks to singer Sheryl Crowe

 

“Obviously two really different stories, but I love The Blind Side and I love her character in that,” Monica told Us, adding she would be “down” for Bullock to play her in a movie. “I’ve actually been told pretty much my whole life that we look alike, or in my adult life, that I look like Sheryl Crowe. So, I wasn’t surprised about that.” 

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