2008-09 Cheer Squads Chosen
May 7, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Cheerleading program has announced its 2008-2009 members. Candidates took part in a two - day team selection process April 18-19, 2008.
The Cream (co-ed) Squad of eight women and 10 men includes nine new team members.
"I'm very excited about the talent and potential of this year's program. The skills demonstrated at tryouts were hands down the best I have seen in my time here. I believe that these squads have the capability to be some of the best we have seen in the program, which is especially exciting given the relative youth of both squads," said Marcus Wolfe, IU assistant cheerleading coach.
The Crimson (all - female) Squad is a strong 32 members once again. This team returns 14 members and welcomes 18 new members.
"I am looking forward to starting my seventh season with Indiana Cheerleading. Each year the student athletes come to us with more and more talent. I believe this year's group will represent Indiana University Athletics with the enthusiasm that our fans have come to expect," said IU assistant cheerleading coach Jeff Cox.
IU's cheerleading program has all four coaches returning for the 2008-2009 year. Head coach Julie Clements returns for her 20th year coaching the Indiana Hoosiers. Joining her as assistant coaches are Jeff Cox (seven years), Marcus Wolfe (six years) and Ricci Bradley (five years).
"We have the opportunity to select new teams to represent Indiana University Athletics each April for the next school year. As coaches, we treat the selection process with an enormous amount of respect. We feel we have two outstanding teams that will represent all Hoosier fans for the upcoming year. I know I am just as excited about starting with my 20th group at Indiana University as I was with my first group," said Clements.
Both teams will begin practicing for the upcoming school year the weekend of June 13-15. Teams can anticipate learning the traditions of the IU Cheerleading program, IU Athletics, team bonding, working on skills and conditioning.