MTDT Coaching Staff

Emily Kern (left) and Bri West (right)

Emily Kern - Head Coach

Coach Emily has been a member of the Marshall Tiger Dance Team coaching staff since 2012. The 2021-22 dance season will mark her 9th year coaching for MTDT and her 5th year as head coach for the varsity team. Throughout her time as a coach, the MTDT has made eight state appearances in jazz and five state appearances in kick. Prior to coaching dance, Emily spent most of her life in the dance world.

Emily began dancing at the age of 3 at a studio out of Eagan, MN. She was the first five-year member of the Eastview Lightning Dance Team, making the varsity team in the eighth grade. Over the course of her high school dance career, the LDT made it to finals in both kick and jazz each year, winning three state titles in the high kick category. Her senior year of high school, Emily was elected as a captain of the LDT, all-state participant, and member of the all-tournament high kick team. In college, she continued her dance career as a three-year member of the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks dance team where she competed three times in the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Outside of dance, Emily works as a School and Family Mental Health Counselor with Greater Minnesota Family Services at MATEC in Marshall.


Bri West - Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Bri has been a member of the MTDT coaching staff since 2014, making the 2021-22 season her 8th year coaching for the team. Bri has been able to be a part of 6 state appearances with the MTDT - 6 in jazz and 3 in kick. She is excited to start her 5th season as an Assistant Varsity Coach!


Before coaching, Bri started dancing at a local studio in Marshall, MN at the age of 3, and joined the Marshall Just For Kix program in 4th grade. Starting in the 7th grade, Bri was a 6-year varsity member of the Marshall Tiger Dance Team. As a MTDT dancer, Bri was a captain for 2 years, a 2 time All-State participant, and a member of the All-Tournament Jazz team her senior year. After high school, Bri danced with the Minnesota State University - Mankato Mavericks dance team for one year.

Aside from being an MTDT coach, Bri works at Ralco Agriculture in the Human Resources department.

Kiersti Grey - Junior Varsity Coach

Coach Kiersti has been a member of the MTDT coaching staff since 2018, making the 2021-2022 season her 4th season as a JV Kick coach and the JV Jazz coach.


Kiersti grew up in Montevideo and has been dancing since the age of 5. She was a three sport athlete, participating on the volleyball, dance, and softball teams. She was on the Montevideo JV dance team for 1 year and the varsity dance team for 5 years. While dancing at Montevideo, Kiersti was a senior captain, a 2 time West Central All-Conference High Kick dancer, West Central Conference Champion in High Kick, a 3 time state participant in high kick - making it to finals twice!, a member of the Wells Fargo All-Tournament team, and a MADT All-State participant!


Aside from coaching, Kiersti is a 3rd grade teacher at West Side Elementary.

Lauren Matthys - Junior Varsity Coach

Coach Lauren joined the MTDT coaching staff in 2021.


Lauren was born and raised in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School in 2016. She then attended Winona State University and graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business.


Lauren danced on the Marshall Tiger Dance Team for five years and have been a coach for other dance teams around the area since graduating High School. Aside from coaching, Lauren works at the Marshall Middle School as the Administrative Assistant.

Lauren is so excited to be back in Marshall and is looking forward to being part of the Tiger Dance Team again!