HAMILTON — Adrian Sinkler is returning home.


The Hamilton competitive cheer coach accepted a position with a larger Division 2 school in her hometown, which hasn’t been named yet because the hire won’t be official until next week.


The move ends a successful three-year stint for Sinkler with the Hawkeyes.


"I got called back home and I felt like that was the best decision for me and my family," Sinkler said. "My career started in that town, so I’m excited to go back for sure. I’m excited to see what it’s like now because I haven’t been back to my hometown since I graduated and left for college.


"I’m excited to see what it looks like and meet the staff, and just get a feel for the coaching culture there."


She said the Hamilton cheer team took the news well and motivated them to keep pushing for success.


"I had to be really upfront and honest with them because I’m always preaching integrity to them," Sinkler said. "They were supportive and I think they understood, because they knew that’s where I’m from.


"They were bummed for sure, but I told them, ‘Listen, the conference just got realigned. The conference championship is wide open for you. Just because I’m not with you doesn’t mean you can’t put a banner on the wall.’ That’s been our goal for the last three years."


The Hawkeyes’ accomplishments under Sinkler’s leadership include getting out of districts twice and qualifying for regionals, academic all-state honors, three Holland Sentinel Player of the Year awards and placing atop the OK Green Conference.


"That was crazy," Sinkler said of getting out of districts. "I think that will always be my staple there. I know they were really excited when that first happened because that’s the first time they’ve done that in school history. I’m happy that I could help them get some spotlight in the community.


"Just revamping the culture at Hamilton as well as teaching the girls how to be better student athletes and advancing their career in cheer as well was really important."


Sinkler is excited for the next chapter of her coaching career and thanked the Hamilton athletics staff for helping her improve as a coach and give her all the resources she needed to lead the Hawkeyes.


"I give all my credit to (Hamilton athletic director) Jordan Bandstra and a few other varsity coaches," Sinkler said. "I definitely learned a lot from them. Seeing everyone’s different coaching styles and what was important to them and what they were more lenient with the kids about.


"I think that was really an eye-opener. Jordan kind of just immersed himself in the cheer world. He’s a very good AD and I was really happy that I got to stay with him for three years because I’m in many coaching groups and I’m a part of associations where people don’t get supportive ADs, so I was really happy that I had one."


She will be missed by the Hawkeyes.


"Adrian's enthusiasm and passion for the sport raised the bar for cheer in Hamilton immediately," Bandstra said. "She came in with a vision and worked hard to provide an impactful experience for the girls."


— Contact Assistant Sports Editor Beau Troutman at btroutman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @BVTroutman.