Stritch Athletics will add a Spirit Squad next fall, and Amanda Martin has been hired as the program’s first head coach.
“With the addition of a Spirit Squad to our department, we believe that we will not only enhance our game day experience, but also afford potential students with another avenue continuing on from the high school level,” said Pat Clemens, director of athletics.
The Stritch Wolves Spirit Squad will consist of three programs that Martin will oversee. She will be leading the development of a dance team, a cheer team, and a team of individuals that will make up the role of Wolfie, the department’s mascot. The cheer team and Wolfie team will have the added benefit of being coed as well.
Members of all three programs will not only become an integral part of the game day experience, but will also find their skills tested against other universities and colleges as the teams will be entered in several competitions.
“Coach Martin has a wealth of experience at all levels that really makes her a great first hire for the program,” Clemens said. “She has worked with a variety of levels that lend themselves to developing the program into one that not only represents Stritch internally, but externally as well. We’re really looking forward to seeing the program’s impact at the University and in competition.”
Martin will lead the Wolves after having led the cheerleading program at Waukesha South High School since 2010. During her time there, she led the program in various game activities, camps, and competitions. She also organized fundraisers and community events, while also teaching summer youth cheerleading camps.
Prior to her time at Waukesha South, Martin spent two years as the head coach at Badger High School and one year as a coach with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks Spirit Squad.
A certified cheerleading safety teacher and judge, Martin has her own experiences as a competitor in the field as she was a member of the UW-Whitewater Warhawks Spirit Squad for five seasons and participated in junior competitions.
“I’m really excited to take this next step in my career and to help Stritch Athletics start its spirit squad,” Martin said. “This is a great opportunity for me to take what I’ve learned throughout the first 13 years of my career as a coach, and athlete, and pass that onto other athletes. At the same time, this opportunity allows the spirit program to help develop a positive and exciting culture for a department that already possesses a lot of successful teams.”
Martin has already begun the recruiting process for the spirit squad teams. Potential recruits should email her at email@example.com. More information will be posted on the team on their specific webpage, www.stritchwolves.com/spiritsquad as it becomes available.