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Spirit Groups

Spirit Coordinator: Trace Pate

The spirit groups consist of the Cheerleaders (Co-ed, All-girl), Golden Girls, Garnet and Gold Girls, Batgirls, Warrior, and Cimarron.

Trace Pate acts as both the spirit coordinator and head cheerleading coach at Florida State University. Trace brings several years of experience in the cheerleading and dance world to Florida State. He is recognized nationally for his ability to instruct, his judging experience and choreography. Universal Cheerleaders Association has allowed him to travel the country and teach thousands of youth and college level cheerleaders each summer as a veteran UCA staff member. Trace comes to FSU after earning his masters degree in exercise physiology and a year of coaching the varsity cheerleaders at the University of Alabama. During the 1998-99 school year Trace served as Spirit Coordinator with the University of Nebraska athletic department. The 1997-1998 school year found him leading the 6 time national champion Delta State University cheereleading program to another national championship. In 1997 Trace finished his undergraduate work at Delta State University while cheering there for two years. During his undergraduate work Trace also served as captain and cheered 3 years at Louisiana Tech University while competing on the school’s national championship powerlifting team. His most notable accomplishment was representing the United States as a powerlifter in the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Assistant Cheer Coach: Staci Sutton

Staci Sutton serves as assistant cheerleading coach primarily working with the all-girl squad. Staci was a member of the 1997 National Champion FSU all-girl cheerleading squad and is currently finishing her undergraduate work in sports management here at Florida State University. Staci brings valuable all-girl stunt experience to the FSU program and currently choreographs for several middle and high schools. She is also a veteran member of the UCA staff.

Golden Girls Coach: Sherri Pearson

Sherri Pearson will serve as coach for the Golden Girls. Sherri was a Golden Girl at FSU during her undergraduate work and is currently pursuing a second degree while coaching. She has judged and choreographed at the local and national levels. Sherri is a former member of the UDA staff.

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