DEFIANCE, OHIO – Defiance College has announced the addition of competitive cheer and dance for the 2018-19 season.
The team will plan to begin competition in the fall of 2018 under the direction of head coach Christina Moore-Finley. She will coordinate all aspects of the program including the dance team and cheer team.
"We are pleased to announce the addition of cheer and dance to our athletic offerings," stated interim athletic director Jodie Holava. "We look forward to the success of the teams and its ability to enhance our campus and game day atmosphere. We are excited to have Christina join our athletic staff and lead our cheer and dance program."
Moore-Finley comes to Defiance with several years of cheer and dance experience. The Cincinnati native spent two years as an assistant to Dwight Pope, director of Tennessee State University cheerleading squad before spending three seasons at the University of Dayton where she piloted the cheerleading program. Prior to joining the University of Dayton staff, she served three years as the head coach for the Boise State University Co-Ed and All Girl game day and competition squad.
Moore-Finley graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Family and Consumer Science degree.
With 400,000 participants, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) ranks spirit squad ninth in popularity among high school activities. Of that roughly 130,000 compete in competitive squads including nearly 2,000 boys across 504 schools.
It is likely that the teams would compete as part of either The National Cheer Association (NCA) or The Universal Cheer Association (UCA).