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.

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.


2016-17 Outlook

To prepare for the upcoming season, the Trine University Cheerleading squad held a home camp led by UCA National Champions, Bowling Green State University. The team learned new game day elements as well as pyramids and stunts they are excited to use in their competition routine this season.

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 season at all home games and nearby conference rivals.

As the fall comes to a close, cheerleaders will be ever present at winter sports including men and women’s basketball contests. In the spring, Thunder cheerleading hopes to build on last years Nationals performance from 6th place to top three. In addition to competing at the national level in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the squad will be present at local competitions.

2017-18 Tryouts

Tryouts will be held Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon in Hershey Hall. CLICK HERE to view the tryout packet.

For more information, 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.

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.



2016-17 Roster


Name Yr. Hometown/High School
Jessica Brower So. LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland
Ragan Cantrell
Fr. Dallas, Texas / Creekview
Kaylynn Cooper Fr. Piqua, Ohio / Piqua
Lauryn Darnall
Sr. Fort Wayne, Ind. / Northrup
Rashel Dial Jr. Woodburn, Ind. / Woodlan Jr.-Sr.
Khilee Harper
Fr. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Corbin Harrison Fr. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Kinzey Hickman So. Greentown, Ind. / Eastern
Maddie Hollinden
Fr. Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove
Cydney Huey Jr. Portland, Ind. / Jay County
Rebecka Jones
Fr. St. Johns, Mich. / St. Johns
Marissa Koons Jr. Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North
Ashley Kretler Jr. Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble
Alex Mandrici
Sr. South Bend, Ind./Riley
Anthony Miller Jr. Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart
Sam Miller
So. LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland
Sierra Minnix So. Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg
Blythe Nelis So. Franklin, Ind. / Southport
Ashleigh Route So. Butler, Ind. / Eastside
Haley Smith Jr. Angola, Ind. / Angola
Emma Snytsheuvel
Fr. Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei
Paige Stark Sr. Newtown, Pa. / Radnor
Jordan Stevens
Jr. Brownstown, Ind. / Brownstown Central
Lydia Suchecki Jr. Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake
Cameron Voss Sr. Woodburn, Ind. / Woodlan
Delaney Werling So. New Haven, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran
Nicole Whitmer Sr. Wauseon, Ohio / Wauseon
Taylor Zoch Sr. Marion, Ind. / Marion