UTEP Cheerleaders Ready to Start 2010-11 Season

By Chris Lechuga
Posted: 09/01/10

When it comes to winning, the UTEP cheerleaders know a thing or two. Led by Coach David Vasquez, the crew in orange and blue have had much success at national cheerleading competitions, including their title of Grand National Champions in 2003.

Practicing for five to eight hours a week, the squad is determined to take its talents to the next level by practicing and executing more intricate skills while coming up with new strategies to help with their main job: revving up the crowd with Miner spirit.

“The UTEP cheerleaders have always taken pride in knowing that our primary purpose is to support our athletic teams and our university,” Vasquez said.

Along with football, the UTEP cheerleaders appear at Miner men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and other sports to cheer on the athletes. Off the field, the UTEP cheerleaders serve as University ambassadors as they perform at local schools, alumni functions and other community events. But their activities are not limited to sports and community events.

“We train and prepare year-round for competition,” Vasquez said.

A former UTEP cheerleader himself, the coach makes it a goal every year to remain nationally ranked among college squads and to compete at national competitions, something the squad has done seven out of the last 13 years.

“We hope to continue in that tradition of excellence and to continue attracting the best talent,” Vasquez said.

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