UNLV Cheer Coaching Staff
Head Cheerleading Coach: Nakia Jackson-Hale
Savanna Sibley, who is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, received her Bachelor of Arts in Justice Administration and is currently a Master of Arts candidate in Communications at Hawai‘i Pacific University. She has a background in dance and gymnastics and has been cheering for the past 15 years. Ms. Sibley is a staff instructor with NCA and has coached various teams locally. Savanna's collegiate cheerleading career started at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she cheered on the large coed team in 2005. The following year, she transferred to HPU after being offered a cheer scholarship. During her time at HPU, she was a member of the large coed team and helped her team to win its 4th national championship in 2006. She then moved to the small coed team where she was the captain for the last 5 years and helped the team win 3 national championships. She also competed in the all-girl partner stunt division and won two national titles at the 2008 NCA collegiate nationals and the 2010 UCA collegiate nationals. Savanna received the honor of representing the US at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships and being a member of Team USA in 2010 and 2011. She is a four time gold medalist at this event, two of which were with the All-Girl cheer team and two with her All-Girl stunt group. She was just recently recognized as one of 20 participants for the country's top collegiate cheerleaders for the 2011 IC Collegiate All-American Team. She is a three-time national champion coach for Small Coed and Large Coed at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Nationals 2012. Savanna is recently spreading her coaching experience back in her hometown as the All Star Program Director for Las Vegas Elements and Assistant Coach with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Assistant Cheerleading Coach: Emily Black
Emily Black has been involved in cheerleading for the past 11 years. In her hometown of Anchorage, AK she participated in both varsity and all star cheerleading. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she was a member of the cheer team for 5 years. During her time there she competed at USA, UCA, and NCA college nationals. She also competed in partner stunt where her group placed 1st at USA nationals in 2008 and 2010. In 2012 her stunt group placed 1st at NCA Nationals. She was also a member of the 2011 Team USA All Girl squad that became world champion at the ICU championships. She has worked as a choreographer and coach for PCS for 2 years and was a member of NCA staff. Emily graduated with a BS in Entertainment Engineering and Design in 2012 and is currently pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering. This will be Emily's second year as an assistant coach for the UNLV cheer program.
Assistant Cheerleading Coach: Alexandra White