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.


2017-18 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.

As the fall comes to a close, cheerleaders will be ever present at winter sports including men's and women’s basketball contests. In the spring, Thunder cheerleading hopes to build on last years Nationals performance from 4th place. In addition to competing at the national level in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the squad will be present at local competitions.

2018 Cheer Clinics

The Trine University cheer team will host two cheer clinics this spring. The clinics are open to all high school cheerleaders both male and female. The clinics will take place in the Hershey Hall Main Gym on Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 22. On both days the clinic will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost of the clinics will be $15 per person. Please RSVP by Sunday, April 1, to coach Shea Sims by email.

2018-19 Tryouts

Tryouts will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in the MTI Center. A new member meeting will be held following the tryouts.

Please consult the Tryouts Packet for more information.

Any questions, 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
Colleen Bell Fr. West Unity, Ohio / Hilltop
Lauren Beebe Fr. South Bend, Ind. / James W. Riley
Jessica Brower Sr. LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland
Ragan Cantrell So. Dallas, Texas / Creekview
Kaylynn Cooper So. Piqua, Ohio / Piqua
Trinity Deluna Fr. Edgerton, Ohio / Edgerton
Rashel Dial Sr. Woodburn, Ind. / Woodlan Jr.-Sr.
Brody Dyer So. Eaton Rapids, Mich. / Eaton Rapids
Nolan Ferguson So. Greentown, Ind. / Eastern
Madison Fisher Fr. Blissfield, Mich. / Blissfield
Khilee Harper So. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Corbin Harrison So. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Dakota Hart Fr. Grand Ledge, Mich. / Grand Ledge
Kinzey Hickman Jr. Greentown, Ind. / Eastern
Maddie Hollinden So. Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove
Cassandra Horn Fr. Fremont, Ohio / Fremont
Christian Horton So. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Cydney Huey Sr. Portland, Ind. / Jay County
Tiger Jackson Fr. Ypsilanti, Mich. / Milan
Aunah Knab Fr. Sylvania, Ohio / Notre Dame Academy
Chase Knoblock Fr. Goshen, Ind. / Goshen
Marissa Koons Sr. Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North
Ashley Kretler Sr. Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble
Samantha Libler So. Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria Monroe
Anthony Miller Sr. Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart
Sierra Minnix Jr. Edwardsburg, Mich. / Edwardsburg
Blythe Nelis Jr. Franklin, Ind. / Southport
Kendra Perkins So. Kokomo, Ind. / Western
Nicole Rothgeb Fr. Monroeville, Ind. / Heritage
Ashleigh Route Sr. Butler, Ind. / Eastside
Haley Smith Sr. Angola, Ind. / Angola
Emma Snytsheuvel So. Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei
Danielle Stalling So. Eastpointe, Mich. / South Lake
Jordan Stevens Sr. Brownstown, Ind. / Brownstown Central
Autumn Timm Fr. LaPorte, Ind. / New Prairie
Cole Wilson Jr. Garrett, Ind. / Garrett
Emily Wilson Jr. Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria Monroe
Hayley Zumbrun Fr. Albion, Ind. / Central Noble