Coed Cheer 2016-17

Bottom (L to R): Kayla D, Jordan B, Morgan A, Dakota B, Jaquise M, Zach G, LeRoy C.

Second row (L to R): Kierna B, Thad J, Kassidy P, Charles S, Kendall D, Kevin G

All Girl 2016-17

Bottom (L to R): Brittney H., Janay M, Paris P, Brittney G, Shye D, Trinity O.

Second row (L to R): Mary S, Chelsey C, Ashtyn M, Alexis W.

Third row (L to R): Alexis N, Simone K, Jasmine C, Jada T.

Top row (L to R): Sara B, Pounce, Sydney W.

2017 Cheerleading Tryout Information

Our first GSU Prep session will be held on February 18th in conjunction with our Spirit Day. The second will be held in April 22nd. Cheer Tryouts will be held on May 12th and 13th. Basic requirements are the following:

Due May 5th 2017 (Scan and email to

-A copy of your official acceptance letter.

-A completed Spirit Application.

-A headshot photo

Due at check-in at tryouts:

-Completed medical waiver form (available at check in)

-$20 cash application fee.

Evaluation elements:

-Fitness Test

-Standing tumbling pass.

-Running Tumbling pass.

-Stunt series (All Girl and/or Coed)

-Traditional Material evaluation



2017 Spirit Application



 Video From Cheer Nationals


The Georgia State Cheerleaders have been nationally ranked in the top 10 at the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Championships for the past seven years. Most recently, the team competed in the Small Coed Division I and received second in 2012 and fifth in 2013. In 2014, the team placed 10th in the 1A Small Coed Division

GSU offers a traditional Co-ed team of up to 8 male/female couples and an All-Girl team of up to 16 females. These two teams appear at all home football games at the Georgia Dome, selected away football games, select Olympic sports games/matches, all home basketball games, and post season tournaments. Again this season, the top 20 cheer athletes will compete at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate Nationals in Daytona, Fla. in April. Throughout the year, all of our cheer athletes will be asked to do numerous public appearances. These appearances are part of your responsibilities just as practices, games and events.

As the ambassadors to the city of Atlanta, the Georgia State Cheer and Dance teams have appeared in the motion picture "The Watch" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. They appeared in the television show, "Drop Dead Divas." In the summer of 2013, the team appeared on "Fox Sports Race Day," live from the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the summer of 2014, the team will appear on "America's Got Talent."

Many of our current and past cheerleaders have been members of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Staff and  the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Staff, as well as gone on to be selected to cheer for The Atlanta Hawks NBA cheer and dance teams, and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. 


As a GSU Spirit group member you have the following perks:

  • To be recognized and respected as a student athlete on campus, as well as the Atlanta metropolitan area.
  • Priority Registration for Spring Classes.
  • Use of the Student Athlete study center and printing.
  • Use of the GSU Sports Medicine training room and staff.
  • Workouts lead by the GSU Football Strength and Conditioning staff.
  • Free practice and performance wear including Nike Shoes, warm ups, back packs and accessories.
  • Paid travel expenses including meals and lodging.
  • Game Day meals.
  • Post season travel to the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans, La and NCAA Tournament destinations.
  • National competition opportunities in Daytona Beach, Florida as well as others. 

Basic Requirements:

All-Girl Team: 
Standing tumbling, preferably a tuck with poms, a running pass with at least a tuck or layout ending, strong stunting ability as a base, strong flexibility for stunts as a top girl or flyer.

Coed Team:
 Females - Standing tumbling, preferably a tuck with poms, a running pass with at least a tuck or layout ending, able to perform extended body positions with a guy base, and full down.  Males - No experience necessary, but preferred. Must be athletic. If you do not have standing and running tumbling skills, you must be willing to learn. A standing tuck is most preferred, but not required.


GSU Cheerleaders are a great hit at events of all kind! If you are interested in booking them for an event, click here for the Spirit Squads Request Form.

There are no out of pocket expenses for Spirit athletics participation. All practice clothes, uniforms, Nike shoes, warm-up suits as well as other accessories, travel and expenses are covered by GSU athletics and through team fund-raising activites.

Other perks of being a GSU Spirit student-athlete status include early Spring registration, workouts with the strength and conditioning coach, as well as use of the GSU Sports Medicine department and staff for assistance with medical treatment.

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Four Members Win Division Champion Award at 2015 Aloha Cheer Championships

Spirit Teams Excel at 2014 Alabama Summer Camp.      CLICK HERE FOR STORY.

Cheer Team Competes at 2014 NCA National Championships, earns 10th-place.


Cheer Team Finishes 5th at the 2013 NCA National Championships in Daytona Beach!


Photo Gallery - 2010 Inaugural Game Photos

Photo Album - 2013-14

Photo Album - 2014-15

2015 Cheer Group Wins Division Champion award at Aloha Cheerleading Championship

Four members of the Georgia State University All Girl cheerleading team received the Division Champion award at the Aloha Cheerleading Championships held Sunday, March 29 at the Cobb Galleria.  

Abby Hasenkopf, Lindsay Wild, Janay McPherson and Emily Watts competed in the College All Girl Stunt Group competition. These team members worked diligently on this routine since January, while covering their duties of cheering for the Panther men’s and women’s basketball teams.  

 “It is great to see this hard-working group be able to not only showcase their talent, but to also be rewarded with a Division Championship,” spirit coach Darryl Lyons said.  “I am extremely proud of them and glad to see their work pay off.”

Tryouts for the 2015-16 Georgia State spirit teams were held on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Contact coach Lyons at for spirit team information.




Darryl Lyons
Head Coach - Spirit Groups                                                                
Phone: 404-413-4019