April Harris is entering her third year as cheerleading advisor and first as head coach of the newly formed Spirit Squad at Southern Virginia University.
Including working with cheerleading at Southern Virginia, Harris coaches tumbling at Rockbridge Extreme—a competition cheer gym in Buena Vista, Va—and has served as a Zumba Fitness instructor since 2010.
Prior to Southern Virginia, Harris coached tumbling at the YMCA and gave private instruction at Natural Bridge Elementary School from 2008-11.
A graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va., Harris was a standout high school cheerleader for three years, including earning All-America honors as a junior.
Harris lives in Rockbridge County, Va., with her husband Jason. They have four children.
Sara Hansen enters her second year as an assistant cheer coach and fifth overall at Southern Virginia University.
Before leaving Southern Virginia for three years from 2009-12, she served as the cheer team’s head coach from 2006-09. The 2014-15 athletics season marks her 11th year of coaching cheer.
She also serves as the junior varsity cheer advisor at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista.
Hansen competed in cheer for six years between junior high, high school and two years at the University of Utah (1999-01).
She earned a license to practice cosmetology in 2011 and is presently pursuing a real estate license.
Her husband, Peter, is an assistant football coach at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., and the two are proud parents of daughter, Hailee, and son, Kellen.
Nikelle O'Grady enters her first year as assistant dance coach at Southern Virginia.
O'Grady graduated from Southern Virginia University in the spring with a Bachelors of Art in family and child development. While there she was a member of the dance company and served as the organization's captain from 2011-14.
Before Southern Virginia O'Grady was a member of the drill team at Dixie High School in St. George, Utah where she was the historian and showmanship officer as a junior and senior.
Nikelle Mantle married her husband Steve O'Grady in August of 2013 and they currently live in Buena Vista, Va.