Cheer and Stunt

The University of Dubuque Cheer and Stunt team is at the forefront of Spartan athletics, providing the game day spirit not only at athletic events, but at events throughout the campus community. The Cheer and Stunt team is under the care of the University of Dubuque Athletics Department. The student-athletes who make up the squad attend camps in the summer, travel to post-season games as well as men's and women's basketball tournaments, and compete in national competitions.

The University of Dubuque team is comprised of a co-ed core of performers who lead the crowd at football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and other events. Members of the cheerleading squad follow the NCAA-mandated AACCA guidelines while at games, events, and practice.

The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) held its inaugural Competitive Cheer and Dance Invitational Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Buena Vista University. The University of Dubuque claimed the Cheer Routine-Stunt title for the Spartans. In the Cheer Routine-Stunt category, UD scored 54.83 points in winning the title, while Simpson was second with a score of 53.5.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Ashley Bausman Junior Freeport, Ill.
Michaela Bills Freshman Wiesbaden, Germany
Maggie Brandel Sophomore Decorah, Iowa
Janae Caruthers Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
Abbey Decker Freshman LaMotte, Iowa
Bailey Gronewold Senior Wheatland, Iowa
Katelynn Griffith Sophomore Waukon, Iowa
Chamayze Hall Sophomore Rockford, Ill.
Sierra Hartmann Freshman Lindenhurst, Ill.
Caroline Haugen Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
Annalise Hauk Sophomore Lancaster, Wis.
Destinee Longtin Freshman Ingleside, Ill.
Christine Lurhuma Senior Houston, Texas
Alleyah Melendez Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
Alexandra Packard Junior South Haven, Minn.
Emily-Jo Pierce Senior Fairfax, Va.
Emma Steider Sophomore Cambridge, Ill.
Adore Sims Freshman Lynwood, Ill.
Norman Stapleton Junior Elmhurst, Ill.
Brianna Thompson Freshman Lyons, Ill.

2016-17 Schedule

Sept. 3

vs. Bethel College

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 17

vs. Simpson College

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Sept. 24

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 1

at Central College


1:00 p.m.

Oct. 8

vs. Nebraska Wesleyan Univ.

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 15

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 22

at Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

1:00 p.m.

Oct. 29

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Nov. 5

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Nov. 19

at NCAA Division III Playoffs



Feb. 4

at Competition 2-3-17 to 2-5-17

Minneapolis, MN


Feb. 17

at Competition 17-19

Wisconsin Dells, WI


Feb. 25

at Competition

Madison, WI


Apr. 4

at Competition 4-9

Daytona Beach, Fl






Drew Ritchie
Drew Ritchie
Head Cheer and Stunt Coach

Office Phone: 563.589.3733
Office Location: Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Drew Ritchie re-started the cheer and stunt program at UD in 2011. He coached at UD from 2011-2016 before taking a position with the University of South Dakota Cheerleading. Ritchie returned to UD in January of 2018. He has over 15 years of cheerleading coaching experience at the college, high school and all-star levels. He also has five years of experience working with NCA as a camp instructor and as a head instructor.

He resides in Dubuque, Iowa and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Shelby Nicholson
Shelby Nicholson
Graduate Assistant - Cheer and Stunt

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3377
Office Location: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Shelby joined the Spartans for her undergraduate degree in 2013 playing for the women's soccer team.  She then later decided to join the UD Cheer and Stunt team in the off season of soccer and simultaneously competed on both teams all four years here at UD.  She was a part of the Spartan’s success in soccer competing in three IIAC conference tournaments and taking a trip to the national tournament her sophomore year.  She was also a part of the competition squad competing in national competitions in Myrtle Beach, SC, and the first time ever squad that went to the Daytona Beach nationals in Florida.  Since graduation in May 2017, Nicholson obtained her a bachelor of arts degree in communication with a minor in elementary education while also getting endorsements in reading, and a K-12 coaching certificate.  She currently resides in Dubuque and is working to obtain her masters in either communication or business administration as the assistant cheer and stunt coach.