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UNLV Cheer Coaching Staff

Head Cheerleading Coach: Nakia Jackson-Hale
Nakia Jackson-Hale is in her 12th year as the Head Coach of the UNLV Cheerleaders. Mrs. Jackson-Hale is a graduate of Penn State University where she received a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health Education. Nakia cheered on the Coed Squad at Penn State for three years and was afforded the opportunity to cheer in the Outback Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Rose Bowl, and competed at the UCA College National Championship in her final year. She is a former NCA instructor, NCA Head Instructor and a former Las Vegas Bandits Dancer. Mrs. Jackson-Hale is AACCA certified and has served on judging panels for various cheerleading and dance companies. She has approximately 25 years of cheer and dance experience. She is married to David Hale and has 5 children. Mrs. Jackson-Hale is the Director of Programs at the UNLV International Gaming Institute and is currently pursuing a Criminal Justice degree at UNLV.

Assistant Cheerleading Coach: Savanna Sibley
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
Alex White is a proud UNLV alum and cheered for the UNLV Rebels for five years. She was part of the 2012 Stunt Group that won UNLV's first National Championship at NCA College Nationals. In 2011, Alex and her stunt group were four out of 28 girls chosen to represent Team USA. They were on the All Girl Team and won a World Championship. Alex has also placed 7th at UCA Nationals and won two USA competitions through stunt group. Besides cheering at UNLV, Alex has a 10-year plus cheering background. She started cheering in the fifth grade with the first all-star program in Las Vegas and continued throughout High School while attending Bishop Gorman. Alex has been coaching for five years. This is her fourth year coaching for Bishop Gorman High School. During these four years she also coached private lessons for tumbling, stunting and all cheerleading skills and continues to do so today. This will be Alex's second year as an assistant coach for the UNLV cheer program.

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