Head Cheer Coach
Jordan Benedict

Benedict spent the last three years at Tennessee Tech as the spirit program coordinator, along with head coach of the coed cheerleading squad, the Golden Girls Dance Team and Awesome Squad. While at Tennessee Tech, Benedict helped lead Tennessee Tech dance to its first finals' appearance in school history at the Universal Dancers Association (UDA) College Dance National Championships with an eighth place finish in 2017. She helped lead TTU's cheer squad to ninth place in the Small Coed Division I in 2017, following that up with a third-place finish in the Cheer Division I category at the 2018 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading National Championships.

Under Benedict's tutelage, TTU's mascot, Awesome Eagle, won the Open category for Mascot of the Year at the 2018 National Championships, following a second-place finish in 2017. Benedict also created an all-female cheer squad at TTU, leading it to a fifth-place finish at UCA College Game Day.

In her time at Tennessee Tech, Benedict, introduced new game day traditions to help increase fan involvement at games and created a 'Wings Up' hand signal and slogan for TTU, which she helped spread throughout the campus community. She also secured new scholarship opportunities for the spirit squad and worked with summer camp management for UCA. In the classroom, Benedict helped raise the overall GPA of spirit squad athletes, resulting in over 30 scholar athlete honorees each semester.

Prior to her time at Tech, Benedict was the Head Cheerleading Coach of the Cherry Squad at Temple University. At Temple, she coached the All-Girl squad, which cheered for Temple's football team, and was also the competitive squad. Before Temple, Benedict served as the Assistant Cheerleading Coach at Kutztown University. She has also served as a cheerleading coach at Central Bucks East High School, Holicong Middle School and has spent several years working as an instructor and judge for the UCA.

Benedict is a graduate of Kutztown University where she received a degree in Sports Management. At KU, she cheered for the Golden Bears for four years, and served as captain of the squad for two of those years. During her time at KU, the squad had great success on the National stage earning fourth, sixth, fourth, and seventh place finishes at the UCA College National Cheerleading Championship.

Benedict graduated with her Master's in Sport Management from Drexel University in 2015. She is originally from Doylestown, Pa.

Head Dance Coach
Kaila Evenoff