2018-19 Cheerleading Squad Roster

Co-Ed Cheer
Front from left:
Nicollette Castelli, April Nguyen, Sara Beck, Keyonne Givhan, Courtney Siegel, Makayla Britt, Linsey Ta Luong.

Back from left: Nigel Carter, Rigo Orellana, Nicolas Gardner, Greyson Korta, Ted Galanos, Nathan Kimmel, Zach Grant, Nicolas Duckett. Not pictured: Diamond Norwood, Karis Brown, Jamaal Javed.

All-Girl Cheer
From front left:
Kayla Williams, Gianna Vitale, Jalah Falcher, Carsen Vereen, Lauryn Cabarrus,
Cydi Perryman, Monicia Famer, Katie Angelo.

Back from left: Hanna Osborne, Kiara Humphrey, Ashtyn Maddox, Taylor Pickrell, Brittney Hammond, Simone Kirkland, Simone Kinnebrew, Julia McIntyre, Erin Murry.


The GSU Spirit program attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and The Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City Tennessee. While there, GSU, along with teams from Ball State University, Liberty University,  The University of Cincinnati, Morehead State, Western Kentucky, The University of Memphis, Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee Tech, and The University of Kentucky,  participated in sessions that instructed the athletes on how to maximize crowd interaction and participation at athletic events. The teams also participated in the camp competitions. The cheerleaders received 3rd place in the sideline chant competition and third place in the Time Out Routine competition. The Pantherettes received first place in the routine that they brought to the camp from home, along with several superior ribbons. The entire program receives that “Game Plan Award” recognizing teams that are running the program in the right direction for today’s college athletic department needs.

2018-19 ALL GIRL CHEERLEADERS

Katie Angelo

Lauryn Cabarrus

Jalah Falcher

Brittney Hammond

Kiara Humphrey

Simone Kinnebrew

Simone Kirkland

Ashtyn Maddox

Julia McIntyre

Erin Murry

Alex Nobles

Hanna Osborne

Cydni Perryman

Taylor Pickrell

Gianna Vitale

Kayla Williams

2018-19 COED CHEERLEADERS

Makala Britt

Nigel Carter

Nicolette Castelli

Gabby Criscolo

Madison Eubanks

Zachary Grant

Jamaal Javed

Greyson Korta

Josh Krivanek

Evan Maxwell

April Nguyen

Diamond Norwood

Rigo Orellana

Valerie Pableo

Jack Stutz

Linsey Ta-Luong


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 postseason 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. 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM PERKS TO MEMBERS

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 Under Armour 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, Fla., as well as others. 

History of Georgia State Cheerleading Competition

2018- 3rd Place at Cheersport Nationals, Atlanta Open Level 4 Coed
2016- National Champions at Cheersport Nationals, Atlanta Medium Coed D1A

2014- 12th Place at NCA College at Daytona Beach Florida Smoed Div 1A
2013- 5th Place at NCA College at Daytona Beach Florida Smoed Div 1
2012- 2nd Place at NCA College at Daytona Beach Florida Smoed Div 1
2011- 10th Place at NCA College at Daytona Beach Florida Smoed Intermediate


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.

Pre-Tryout Prep Clinic Dates

*All Pre-Tryout Clinics are open to current high school juniors through college students looking to prepare for college tryouts at GSU or at other schools.

March 30th 9 am – 12 pm (NEW)

April 13th 11 am – 1 pm

All events will be held at the GSU Sports Arena Practice Gym

$30 Cash, day of the event.

Pre-register by emailing Head Coach Darryl Lyons at dlyons6@gsu.edu

2019-20 Cheerleading Team Tryouts

May 16th and 17th 5 – 9 pm

May 18th Finals 11 am – 5 pm

Pre-registration packets are due via email to Coach Lyons at dlyons6@gsu.edu  by May 8th 2019.

2019-20 Cheer and Dance Clinic Tryout Packet

Appearances

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 Squad Request Form.

All practice clothes, uniforms, Under Armour shoes, warm-ups, as well as other accessories, travel and expenses, game day meals, etc., are covered by GSU athletics and through team fund-raising activities.

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. Study hall and use of academic support is also included.


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

 

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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.”

 

2018 Tryouts

 


 

 Darryl Lyons
 Head Coach - Spirit Groups                                                                
 Phone: 404-413-4019
 Email:
dlyons6@gsu.edu