Traditions

Irish Cheerleaders

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Tryouts for the 2016-2017 season will begin with an information session on March 22, 2016. Please bring the attached forms to the meeting. The full tryout schedule is posted below.


2015-16 Cheerleading Squad

The cheerleading program at the University of Notre Dame is a non-competitive sport consisting of three squads that cheer for the following teams:

  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Football

Each squad has six couples. Both squads travel for their respective teams as they engage in tournaments. Cheerleaders travel for every away football game and if invited, to a bowl game.

There are no scholarships for cheerleading. However, after three years of participation (as it is with varsity athletes) a monogram is awarded.

The cheerleading program is funded by the Department of Athletics, with Under Armour as a corporate sponsor.

In the fall, practice is four nights a week to prepare for games on friday, saturday and sunday. The four nightly practices continue during the second semester, unless appearances are scheduled for basketball games. We also lift twice a week at the Gug.

Tryouts are held in late March following the execution of 8-10 clinics. Scoring is determined by proficiency in stunting (which is taught), a rendition of the Notre Dame Victory March, overall cheering, cadence a dance and a tumbling pass. While most of the ladies arrive with experience, few of the men do.

The freshman year is a crucial one for young people making the transition from high school to college. With that in mind, we encourage the primary focus to be on academics, coupled with the adjustment to the college environment. If one is interested in the cheerleading program, the opportunity is presented in the sophomore year.

Foremost, cheerleaders are ambassadors of the University of Notre Dame. Community involvement promoting good will is a big factor in this program, not only in the immediate area, but also in those communities visited. Appearances are scheduled on our travels whenever time permits.

Front Row: Left to Right

Part-time Assistant Coach Heidi Barker, Leprechaun Mitchell Meersman, Katie Acosta, Carson Bogatto, Nikki Murgas Julia Lee, Emmie Schultz, Liz Weir, Alexandra Westby, Molly Mohr, Head Coach Jo Minton, Leprechaun John Doran, Courtney Krishnan, Sarah Dapper, Olivia Mitchell, Nora Garvin, Lauren Michels, Carley Feduska, Alli Jacobs, Rachael Biscocho, Ali Arguelles, Leprechaun Nathan Bombardier and part-time Assistant Coach Brian Egendoerfer.

Second Row: Left to Right

Patrick Walsh, Matthew Kirian, Tyler Shiber, Dennis Coulter, Ben Evans, Cole Johnson, Ryan Lopez, Christopher Genco, Kevin Blonien, Bryan Doane, Mike Favia, Bobby Fischer, Nick Bielanski, Alex Rosner, Conor Kinasz, Ryan Spoonmore, Moe LaGrand, Rob Butler, Kevin Hart and part-time Assistant Coach Brandon West.

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