Stephen F. Austin State University

Spirit Teams

SFA Spirit Teams have a tradition of winning. With 30 national championships among their accolades, team members push themselves to the limit on the mat, at games and in the classroom. Just like the athletic teams they support, SFA Spirit Teams' creed is to work hard and be the best.

Cheerleading has been a part of the SFA Spirit landscape for more than 80 years and some of the best cheerleaders from all over the country comprise the elite teams that serve as ambassadors for spirit and Lumberjack pride at SFA. SFA's two squads - Coed and All-Girls - along with the Lumberjack mascot, perform at Lumberjack football, volleyball and basketball games and compete at the NCA Collegiate National Championships.

The SFA Pom Squad began in 1984 and won its first NDA Collegiate National Championship in 1993, with subsequent national championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009 and 2019. Spirit Teams Coordinator T.J. Maple has transformed the SFA Dance Team from a traditional squad focused on high-energy hip hop and pom to a group with advanced dance skills and technique. Under Maple's direction, the squad has won 16 American Dance/Drill Team School Collegiate Championships in Division I and IA Dance and Hip Hop since 2006 and also won the ADTS Collegiate Academic Championship in 2007.

SFA won the NCA/NDA Collegiate National Championship in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and, most recently, won two championships in 2017. Maple has produced more than 30 NDA Collegiate All-Americans.

Membership in the SFA Cheer Program is considered a lifetime commitment, Maple said, and he considers both current members and alumni to be a part of the team.

If you are ready to be a part of something extraordinary, consider trying out for one of the SFA Spirit Teams.

T.J. Maple
T.J. Maple - Coordinator of Spirit Programs Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2008, B.S. Office: Baker Pattillo Student Center; Room 1.203 Phone: 936.468.1604

On behalf of the Stephen F. Austin State University Spirit Program, it gives me great pleasure to welcome all new recruits. SFA provides spirit team members the opportunity to learn and prosper in their chosen team under the guidance of some of the most knowledgeable and successful coaches in the country. While the SFA Spirit Programs primary goal is to win a national championship, we also strive for success in the classroom and the Nacogdoches community.
As spirit teams, our primary focus is to support the SFA Athletic Department through performance/crowd involvement at athletic events. These performances should take priority to competing until all events are over and we have our season - NCA/NDA Collegiate Nationals.
We promise to do our best to provide you with the programs and services that will assist you in earning your degree and developing your mind and body to compete on the college level while doing so in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and compliance.

Spirit teams demands a serious commitment and it also requires long hours of dedication and perseverance. Such commitment is recognized and appreciated by the entire SFA community. We hope you will join the hundreds of spirit team members who, through the years, have enjoyed and enhanced the traditions of the SFA Spirit Program.
I wish you success and encourage you to take a deeper look at the SFA Spirit Program as your next home away from home.

Axe 'Em Jacks!
Coordinator of Spirit Programs
T.J. Maple

Experience:
- Dance Team Director for Dayton Pee Wee Team; 1997-2000
- Owner of Dance Etc Sensations in Dayton, TX; 1999-2002
- Dance Team Director at Dayton High School; 2000-2002
- McLennan Community College; 2002-2004
- Asst. Coach at McLennan Community College; 2004-2005
- SFA Spirit Teams Coach; 2005-Present
- SFA Coordinator of Spirit Teams; 2012-Present

William Patrick
William Patrick - Cheer Coach Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2017, B.S.
Experience:
- Texas Wolverine All-stars 2004-2012
- Woodlands Elite 2013-2014
- Cheer Athletics 2017-2018
- UTSA Large Coed 2011-2012
- SFA Large Coed 2013-2017
- Tumble and All-star coach at Texas Wolverine all Stars 2009-2013
- Tumble and All-star coach at Academy of Gymnastics and dance 2013-2015
- Tumble and All-star Coach at American Cheer Elite 2015-2017
- Tumble and All-star Director of American cheer Elite 2017-Present
- Coached NCA All-star national champions 2015 (Academy of Gymnastics and Dance) and NCA colligate National Champions 2017 (SFA All Girl)
Hannah Patrick
Hannah Patrick - Cheer Coach Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, 2015, B.S.
Experience:
- Participated in competitive gymnastics from 1998-2011
- SFA large coed 2011-2015
- Cheer Athletics 2017-2018
- World Champion 2018
- Gymnastics coach at the Boys and Girls Club in Nacogdoches, Texas 2012-2014
- First grade teacher 2015-2017
- Kindergarten teacher 2017-2018

SFA Spirit Teams

• The Stephen F. Austin State University Cheerleading and Dance Teams are dedicated to increasing the overall spirit of the campus community by performing and cheering at SFA sporting events, serving as ambassadors for the university, and being role models of leadership and scholarship.
• The mission of the Stephen F. Austin State University Cheerleading and Dance programs is to be acclaimed as premier cheer and dance organizations by setting the standards nationwide in scholarship, cheer and dance performance, sportsmanship, dedication, individual development, maturity and pride.
• As a member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Spirit Teams, each member is part of a rich tradition of school spirit and a legacy of champions.
• The SFA Spirit Program strives to support the athletic teams at SFA, encourage crowd participation, be positive role models, communicate and socialize with alumni and fans, and attract positive attention to the university. The Stephen F. Austin Spirit Teams are representatives of SFA and should display a positive and courteous manner at all times.
• Part of being the best means effective sideline dancing and crowd leadership! Performances and competition are only part of the commitment. Our priority is to support our athletic teams. Each squad member is required to attend all assigned athletic events, understand the role of the spirit group at these events, plus lead and entertain the crowd in order to support Stephen F. Austin as ambassadors.
• As Spirit Program team members, students can count on several things:
o Coach-to-athlete relationship
o Working with talented, self-motivated, goal-oriented athletes
o Guidance and support in achieving academic success
o Training in an organized, established and fair program where there is a strong emphasis on striving for excellence in all areas
o Hard work, friends and success

Are you interested in the SFA Spirit Teams?

If so, please fill out this Recruit Information Form

NCA/NDA Collegiate National Championship Stats:

1993 - Pom Squad

1994 - Pom Squad & Large Coed

1995 - Pom Squad

1996 - Pom Squad

1997 - Large Coed

1998 - Pom Squad

2000 - Large Coed (Grand National Champions)

2001 - Large Coed

2003 - Large Coed

2004 - Large Coed

2005 - Large Coed

2006 - Large Coed

2007 - Large Coed

2008 - Large Coed

2009 - Pom Squad & Small Coed

2010 - Large Coed

2011 - Small Coed & Large Coed

2012 - Jack Attack

2013 - Jack Attack

2015 - Jack Attack

2016 - Hip Hop Dance & All-Girl Cheer

2017 - Team Performance Dance, All-Girl Cheer & Pom Dance

2018 - Pom Dance

2019 - Pom Dance

Spirit Teams Alumni

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!!!

PLEASE FILL OUT THE ALUMNI INFORMATION FORM HERE SO THAT WE CAN KEEP YOU INFORMED AND INVOLVED!!!

Visiting Spirit Teams Packet

If you are a visiting spirit team for the 2019 Football season, please find all procedures and information for your visit to Nacogdoches and SFA below.

Click HERE for Visiting Spirit Teams Packet

Please fill out last form, save and email to T.J. Maple at maplejv@sfasu.edu one week prior to your trip to SFA.

Students With Disabilities

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by Room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-6401, TDD: (936) 468-1004.

If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. Accommodations can only be arranged once a request has been submitted in writing to Disability Services. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of Student Affairs Programs shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.

Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.