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.

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.


2020-21 Tryouts

*UPDATE* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Trine Cheer will move to video submissions for their 2020-21 tryouts.

To participate fill out the registration form below and email it to Coach Shea at Information on submitting your video will be provided upon completion of your registration. All registrations are due by Friday, April 17.

Any further questions should be directed to Coach Shea by phone (260.665.4589) or email.


2019-20 Outlook

 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.

2019-20 Cheer Clinics

College Prep Clinic

The Trine University cheer team will host a College Prep Clinic on Sunday, March 29.

The camp which is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 4 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, March 27.  Refund requests will not be accepted, except due to clinic cancellation.

For more information view the clinic's flyer or contact head coach Shea Sims





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.

Assistant Coach

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.



2019-20 Roster


Name Yr. Hometown/High School
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