Stephen F. Austin State University


General Information


Welcome to the home of champions where students push themselves to the limit on the mat, at the game, and in the classroom. We appreciate your interest and wish you luck while deciding on the best cheerleading program and university for you!

Cheerleading as been a part of the SFA Spirit landscape for over 80 years and serves as the ambassador for spirit and Lumberjack pride at SFA. Made up of two squads; the Coed and All-Girl Squads plus the Lumberjack mascot, these students participate in Lumberjack football, volleyball and basketball games as well as compete at the NCA Collegiate National Championships. Like the teams that they support, the SFA Spirit creed is to work hard and be the best. Both are nationally ranked and competitive.

Each squad has 20+ cheerleaders, but teams do vary in size from year to year. Both teams cheer all home football games and 8-12 cheerleaders from the Coed squad are selected to cheer all away football games. There are also a few away football games that selected cheerleaders from both teams will attend. The Coed squad cheers all home men's basketball games and the All-Girl squad cheers all home volleyball and women's basketball. SFA Spirit Squad members are there for homecoming, in the battle for Chief Caddo, and in the community. They bleed purple and know that a victory may be up to them.

The SFA Cheer Program is not only a collection of some of the best cheerleaders from all over the country that make up amazing teams, but it is also a collection of individuals that range from current team members to alumni, that consider the program like family. So if you are ready to be a part of something special, look at trying out for one of our teams.


It may be in the best interest of potential cheer team members to send in preliminary videos of skills so that the SFA Coaching Staff can provide feedback on the direction candidates should take, what areas to work on, and improvements that need to be made specifically before actual tryouts. These videos will not be judged as tryout videos.

If you have a video of you cheering (stunting, tumbling, etc.) send a link to or you can mail a DVD to:

SFA Spirit Teams

Attn: T.J. Maple

222 Vista Drive

Student Center Room 1.203

Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


Learn the SFA Fight Song Below!!!

SFA Cheer Fight Song Music

A Brief History of SFA Cheer

In 1989, The SFA Cheer Program, which consisted of one coed squad, began attending collegiate cheerleading camps hosted by the National Cheerleaders Association. The squad then attended their first NCA Collegiate Competition in Dallas, Texas in January of 1990, under head cheerleader Jeff Dickerson, who would become the first official coach for the SFA Cheerleading Program the following year. In their first year of competition, out of the 26 teams competing, SFA finished a disappointing 26th. The program, however, continued to build, improve, and surpass expectations as they quickly moved up in rank each year at the national level. The SFA Cheerleading Program won its first NCA Collegiate National Championship in 1994 under Coach Jeff Dickerson. This would be the first of an amazing collection held by the SFA Cheer Program.

The second NCA Collegiate National Championship was won in 1997 under Coach Craig Dickerson. In 2000, under Coach Matthew Sturko, SFA Cheer won its third NCA Collegiate National Championship, as well as bringing home the Grand National Championship title. Also in 2000, SFA introduced the All-Girl squad to the cheerleading program, coached by Pepe Bridges. SFA Coed Cheer brought home NCA Collegiate National Championship titles in 2001 and 2003 under Coach Matthew Sturko. The SFA Coed squad won three National Championships under Coach Brad Patterson (2004, 2005, and 2006, Assistant Coach Trisha O'Connor). In 2006, the All-Girl program was replaced with the current Small Coed squad, coached by Trisha O'Connor, Assistant Coach Doug Daigle. In 2007, the SFA Large Coed was awarded its ninth NCA National Championship under Head Coach Trisha O'Connor and Assistant Coach Doug Daigle. The SFA Large Coed squad won two more National Championships under Head Coach Trisha O'Connor, and Assistant Coach Scott Holland (2008 and 2010). The Small Coed squad won its first NCA Collegiate National Championship in 2009 under Head Coach Trisha O'Connor and Assistant Coach Scott Holland. In 2011, both the Large Coed and Small Coed Cheerleading Squads brought home national titles, coached by Head Coach Trisha O'Connor and Assistant Coach Jason Williams. In 2016, the All-Girl Cheerleading Squad won its first NCA Collegiate National Championship under Coaches Jason Williams, T.J. Maple, Tanner Cooke and Kristoff Jones. In 2017, the All-Girl Cheerleading Squad won the NCA Collegiate National Championship under Coaches T.J. Maple, Tennille Williams, William Patrick and Garrin Gosnell.

The SFA Cheerleading Program also has its share of Partner Stunt National titles. The first two NCA Collegiate National titles were awarded to Brad Patterson and Kylie Faseler in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, Garrin Gosnell and Melanie Gomez captured SFA's first UCA Collegiate National title for partner stunts. Matt Vanover and Veronica Gomez earn the third NCA Collegiate National title for partner stunts in 2005. In 2006, Justin Kelley and Meghan O'Connor became the second couple in history to capture both the NCA and UCA Collegiate National partner stunt titles. In 2008, Tim Wegner and Ashley Tucker captured the NCA Collegiate Partner Stunt title, and then in 2009, they placed first in the NCA Collegiate Open Partner Stunt competition. The couple won their third partner stunt title in 2010 at the UCA Partner Stunt competition. In 2011, Tony Castro and Candace Hoernemann won an NCA Collegiate Partner Stunt title for SFA. For only the third time in history, the second time in SFA history, in 2012 Alec Heffron and Alli Pagnotta brought home both the UCA and NCA Collegiate Nationl titles.

Workshops and Recruit Weekends

SFA hosts Recruit and Pre Tryout workshops designed for anyone interested in becoming at cheerleader at the collegiate level. Workshops are for individuals to experience what SFA Cheer has to offer. Participants will get the chance to work out with Lumberjack Cheer Team members, learn new skills, take a campus tour, and gain valuable experience with some of the most talented cheerleaders in the country.

Clinics are not mandatory, but are highly encouraged.

Please pre-register by the Monday prior to the clinics. Online Registration form and participation waivers can be found under the Upcoming Events tab to the right. Walk ups will be accepted, but pre-registration is preferred.

These events are open to any cheerleaders interested in the SFA Cheer Program, or just wanting to get some collegiate cheer experience. No invitation is required, and there is not a certain number of participants allowed to attend each clinic.

Participants will tumble and stunt with current SFA Cheer Team Members, so bringing partners or stunt groups to any of these clinics is not necessary.