OU hires head cheer, STUNT coach

The Herald Staff

Ottawa University has a head cheer and STUNT coach. STUNT is the newest program, a competitive cheer squad.

Shayla Siebenthall, OU director of cheer, dance & STUNT, announced the hiring of Casey Jamerson to be the head cheer and STUNT coach.

“I am beyond thrilled to announce Casey as the new cheer and STUNT coach,” Siebenthall said. “She has grown up in the cheer world surrounded by some of the top programs and coaches in the industry. She has a true passion for the sport, which was evident from our first conversation. Casey is extremely talented, driven and most of all competitive. Casey is the perfect person to continue to grow the cheer team’s success, as well as build the OU STUNT program.”

Before coming to OU, Jamerson had been the director of Independence High School’s competitive cheerleading program. Since she founded the program in April 2018, IHS qualified for the finals in D1 Super Large Varsity in the 2019 UCA National High School Championships. In 2020, the team entered the Game Day Division. IHS finished fourth in the nation for the Super Large Varsity Game Day, as well as eighth in the nation for Super Large Varsity Tradition.

“It is an absolute honor to be named the Ottawa University head cheer and STUNT coach,” Jamerson said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to create growth within the current cheerleading program, as well as make a name for OU in the newly founded, STUNT The Sport. I have a passion for coaching student-athletes and I’m very excited to take the this team to the next level. After meeting with the athletic staff at Ottawa University, and hearing how important their athletes are to them, I knew I wanted to be a Brave.”

Jamerson has been involved in competitive cheerleading for 26 years. She was a four-time high school national champion cheerleader, earned an Indiana all-state individual championship and was awarded a D-I athletic scholarship at Indiana University. She was an original cast member of “Bring it On: The Musical” in New York City, N.Y., and the first North American Tour making a special appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” and “The Voice.” She has traveled overseas as a Cirque Performer in Australia, Canada, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Jamerson has been a tumbling and stunt coach for six years in Indiana and Tennessee, and has directed skills camps, as well as choreographed numerous dances and routines, nationwide.