Thunder Cheerleading

Thunder Cheerleading

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.



2019-20 Tryouts

Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hershey Hall on Trine University's main campus. A new member meeting will be held following the completion of tryouts. Males who wish to attend do not need to arrive until 10:45 a.m.

The tryout packet is available here.

Any questions, please contact head coach Shea Sims by email or by calling (260)-665-4589.

2019 Cheer Clinics

Trine Cheer will host their annual clinic on Sunday, April 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to all high school age and transfer age cheer students. 

You can register online here. Registration will close on Friday, April 12.  Refund requests will not be accepted, except due to clinic cancellation.

For more information contact head coach Shea Sims by email or by calling (260)-665-4589.

2018-19 Outlook

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.




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.

Assistant Coach

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.



2018-19 Roster


Name Yr. Hometown/High School
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