The Thunder cheerleading squad are among the most active and visible groups on campus, including cheering or dancing on the sidelines at football and basketball games, making public appearances at community and regional events.
The Thunder cheerleading squad consists of a group of young men and women who enjoy promoting school spirit, creating enthusiasm and entertaining fans at Thunder athletic events. The audience is treated to big basket tosses, partner stunts, and distinctive routines. They provide sideline entertainment and half-time performances.
Incoming freshman are eligible to earn the Trine University Cheerleading Scholarship! Freshmen who make the squad are eligible to earn a $1000 scholarship for each year that they remain on the cheerleading squad.
Want to Cheer for Trine? Trine University Cheerleading holds try-outs in the spring for the upcoming year. Try-outs are a one-day process where tumbling, stunting and dance abilities are evaluated. Anyone interested in trying out should contact head coach Shea Sims.
Trine University Cheerleading is broken down into two squads, Game Day and Competition. All Game Day cheerleaders cheer for football and basketball while Competition Cheerleaders cheer for football and use the basketball season to focus on competition. Requirements differ for each squad and vary season to season depending on what the program is looking for.
Game Day- Tumbling not required though preferred
Competition- Standing Tuck is required
To prepare for the upcoming season, the Trine University Cheerleading squad held a UCA home camp. The team learned new game day elements as well as pyramids and stunts they are excited to use in their competition routine this season as the team competes for the first time ever in program history at the UCA College Cheer Nationals.
In addition to getting ready for the season, the squad looks forward to volunteering in the community as well as supporting another winning Thunder football and basketball season at all home games.
2019 Cheer Clinics
The Trine University cheer team will host a College Prep Clinic on Sunday, January 6.
The camp which is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. will feature stunt stations, a session on collegiate group stunting and a session on collegiate pyramids. Attendees will have the chance to work with members of the Trine cheer team and the Trine cheer coaches. All participants will also receive a free campus tour as part of the clinic.
The clinic is open to all high school cheerleaders, both male and female, and will cost 35 dollars per athlete. It will take place in the Main Gym of Hershey Hall on the Trine University campus.
To register for the clinic click here. Registration will close on Wednesday, January 2. Refund requests will not be accepted, except due to clinic cancellation.
Information on upcoming tryouts will be announced once it is available.
Any questions, please contact head coach Shea Sims by email or by calling (260)-665-4589.
Head coach Shea Sims came to Trine University in the spring of 2012 after three seasons of cheering for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA with over 20 years of cheerleading and dance experience. Prior to professional basketball, Coach Sims was a Division I cheerleader and captain for Bowling Green State University where she earned a degree in Journalism Broadcasting. She has coached and choreographed nationally recognized teams for more than 10 years. Coach Sims was also a part of Universal Cheerleaders Association during her collegiate career.
Michael Connors was named an assistant coach in November 2016. Conners was a member of Trine's cheer team while attending the University, of which he is an alum. Conners was also a basketball sideline cheerleader while attending Buchanan High School (Mich.) and was part of an all-star program for four years. Conners is a native of South Bend, Ind. and has lived most of his life in Niles, Mich.
|Lauren Beebe||So.||South Bend, Ind. / James W. Riley|
|Colleen Bell||So.||West Unity, Ohio / Hilltop|
|Ragan Cantrell||Sr.||Dallas, Texas / Creekview|
|Kaylynn Cooper||Jr.||Piqua, Ohio / Piqua|
|Kaitlyn Dorsch||Fr.||Hanover, Ind. / Hanover|
|Nolan Ferguson||Jr.||Greentown, Ind. / Eastern|
|Khilee Harper||Jr.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Kinzey Hickman||Sr.||Greentown, Ind. / Eastern|
|Cassandra Horn||So.||Fremont, Ohio / Fremont|
|Christian Horton||Jr.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Katie Hurd||Fr.||Greenville, Ind. / Greenville Senior|
|Tiger Jackson||So.||Ypsilanti, Mich. / Milan|
|Chase Knoblock||So.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Danielle Korporal||Fr.||Huntington, Ind. / Huntington|
|Samantha Libler||So.||Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria Monroe|
|Sam Miller||Sr.||LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland High|
|Sierra Minnix||Sr.||Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg|
|Kailee Mitchell||Fr.||Edon, Ohio / Edon Northwest|
|Kendra Perkins||Jr.||Kokomo, Ind. / Western|
|Anna Petersen||So.||Angola, Ind. / Angola|
|Austyn Pryatel||Fr.||Valparaiso, Ind. / Morgan Township|
|Nicole Rothgeb||So.||Monroeville, Ind. / Heritage|
|Emily Rumph||Fr.||Sheridan, Ind. / Sheridan|
|Hanna Schaffer||Fr.||Defiance, Ohio / Defiance|
|McKenna Shaffer||Fr.||Morenci, Mich. / Morenci|
|Emma Snytsheuvel||Jr.||Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei|
|Danielle Stalling||Jr.||Eastpointe, Mich. / South Lake|
|Ashlyn Swan||Fr.||Marion, Ind. / Eastbrook|
|Autumn Timm||So.||LaPorte, Ind. / New Prairie|
|Nicolas Wethington||Fr.||Milroy, Ind. / Rushville Consolidated|
|Jaimie Williams||Fr.||West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Central|
|Cole Wilson||Sr.||Garrett, Ind. / Garrett|
|Kylie Wolverton||Fr.||Pendleton, Ohio / Pendleton Heights|
|Hayley Zumbrun||So.||Albion, Ind. / Central Noble|