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.
Trine University Cheerleading is broken down into two squads, Game Day and Competition. All Game Day cheerleaders are responsible for cheering at home football and basketball. Competition cheerleaders are responsible for all home football games 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 a back-hand-spring is preferred
Competition- Standing Tuck and Roundoff Back Tuck required
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.
To prepare for the upcoming season, the Trine University Cheerleading squad traveled to Wisconsin and participated in the UCA College Camp. A group of 20 athletes were selected to represent the program. The team learned new game day elements as well as pyramids and stunts they are excited to use this season.
The team looks forward to competing at the UCA College Nationals for the second season in January and building on their top-five finish in the DII Small Coed Division from last 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 and basketball season at all home games.
Trine Cheer holds tryouts each year in late April. A date has not been decided on at this time. Each incoming freshman, transfer student, and any returning member must tryout each year in order to be considered a member of the Trine Cheer program. Video submissions are available for those who can not be present for actual tryouts.
2019-20 Cheer Clinics
College Prep Clinic
The Trine University cheer team will host a College Prep Clinic on Sunday, January 5.
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, a session on baskets 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.
A question and answer session will be held at the conclusion of the event.
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 Friday, January 3. Refund requests will not be accepted, except due to clinic cancellation.
Little Bolts Cheer Camp
The Trine University cheer and dance programs have announced a pair of camps geared toward children, ages five to 12, that will be taking place in February 2020.
The dance team will host their Storm Troopers Dance Camp on Saturday, February 8 while the cheer team will host their Little Bolts Cheer Camp on Saturday, February 22. Both camps will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Attendees will receive instruction from the Trine University coaching staff and student-athletes during which they will choreograph a halftime performance. Following the instruction period, the attendees will join the Thunder squads for a varsity basketball game where they will participate in team runouts and halftime performances.
The camps will cost $35 for each attendee. That cost includes a t-shirt, memory DVD and entry to the basketball game for both the attendee and guests. Both camps will be held in Hershey Hall with performances taking place in the MTI Center.
Interested parties can contact head coach Shea Sims with questions or to register by email or phone at 260.665.4589. Online registration is also available. More information is available on the camp flyer.
The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 5 for the February 8 camp and Wednesday, February 19 for the February 19 camp. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed after the registration deadline.
Head coach Shea Sims came to the mat in 2012.
Sims is entering her eighth season with Trine University Cheer. After the programs first ever UCA College Nationals appearance last season and placing in the top five Sims is eager to get the season started.
In her eight seasons at Trine Sims has shown great success in recruiting and building the program into two distinct programs, Game Day and Competition. With more than 40 athletes in the program, Sims credits the program’s success to creating a family atmosphere and building a DI program at a DIII school.
Sims was a member of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers for three seasons while earning at Masters in Public Relations at Ball State University. Prior to dancing for 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 twenty years. Coach Sims was also a part of Universal Cheerleaders Association during her collegiate career.
Coach Sims resides in Fort Wayne with her husband Ryan and their son.
Michael Connors came to the mat November 2016.
Connors is entering his fourth season with Trine Cheer. He was a member of Trine's cheer team while attending the University, of which he is an alum. Coach Connors specialties include co-ed stunting, tumbling, and recruiting.
Prior to college Connors was a basketball sideline cheerleader while attending Buchanan High School (Mich.) and was also part of Niles Elite for four years. Connors is a native of South Bend, Ind. and has lived most of his life in Niles, Mich.
Coach Connors lives in Fremont with his wife and their two daughters.
|Lauren Beebe||Jr.||South Bend, Ind. / James W. Riley|
|Colleen Bell||So.||West Unity, Ohio / Hilltop|
|Makaleb Brown||So.||Lockhart, Texas / Lockhart|
|Renee Conner||Fr.||Francesville, Ind. / West Central|
|Kaylynn Cooper||Jr.||Piqua, Ohio / Piqua|
|Jasmine Cuadrado||Fr.||Portage, Ind. / Portage|
|Kearra DeJack||Fr.||Brighton, Mich. / East Lyons|
|Kaitlyn Dorsch||So.||Hanover, Ind. / Hanover|
|Nolan Ferguson||Jr.||Greentown, Ind. / Eastern|
|Khilee Harper||Sr.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Dakota Hart||Jr.||Grand Ledge, Mich. / Grand Ledge|
|Ashley Herman||Fr.||Ottoville, Ohio / Ottoville|
|Madeline Holland||Fr.||Fremont, Ohio / Saint Joseph Central Catholic|
|Cassandra Horn||Jr.||Fremont, Ohio / Fremont|
|Christian Horton||Sr.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Katie Hurd||So.||Greenville, Ind. / Greenville Senior|
|Tiger Jackson||Jr.||Ypsilanti, Mich. / Milan|
|Chase Knoblock||So.||Goshen, Ind. / Goshen|
|Danielle Korporal||So.||Huntington, Ind. / Huntington|
|Samantha Libler||So.||Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria Monroe|
|Grace Lockwood||So.||Noblesville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern|
|Kira Lulko||So.||Milford, Mich. / Milford|
|Kaitlyn McGee||Fr.||Remington, Ind. / Tri-County|
|Kendra Perkins||Sr.||Kokomo, Ind. / Western|
|Emily Rumph||So.||Sheridan, Ind. / Sheridan|
|Frankie Sarvis||Jr.||Laporte, Ind. / New Prairie|
|Hanna Schaffer||So.||Defiance, Ohio / Defiance|
|Emma Scroggins||Fr.||Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central|
|Halie Seibal||So.||Evansville, Ind. / North|
|McKenna Shaffer||So.||Morenci, Mich. / Morenci|
|Emma Snytsheuvel||Sr.||Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei|
|Danielle Stalling||Sr.||Eastpointe, Mich. / South Lake|
|Sydney Stephan||So.||Fort Wayne, Ind. / Indiana Virtual School|
|Autumn Timm||So.||LaPorte, Ind. / New Prairie|
|Daniel Tsuleff||So.||Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers|
|Griffin Watson||So.||Sterling Heights, Mich. / Henry Ford II|
|Nicolas Wethington||So.||Milroy, Ind. / Rushville Consolidated|
|Jaimie Williams||So.||West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Central|
|Kylie Wolverton||So.||Pendleton, Ohio / Pendleton Heights|
|Hayley Zumbrun||Jr.||Albion, Ind. / Central Noble|