Iona College Cheerleading Squad

Iona's cheerleaders and our Mascot Killian the Gael, endeavor to work the crowd and build the spirit of both the Iona athletes in action and Iona fans in attendance at games on and off campus. They serve to motivate and inspire a winning spirit for the athletes.

As members of a spirit team at Iona College our mission is to provide the team with an athletic program that will allow them to show their Gael spirit and amazing skills. The team performs at athletic events such as basketball games and competitions, in front of their peers and the community. The team hopes to provide each member with an experience and memories that will last a lifetime.

General Team Requirements

  • Stunting: One legged stunt with twist down
  • Skills: 1 cheer (will be taught)
  • Dance: 2 dances (will be taught)
  • Jumps: 2 Jumps (1 toe touch and 1 optional)
  • Tumbling: Standing back hand spring (Strongly encouraged, but not required)
Please note that other complimentary/equal skills will also be taken into consideration in addition to overall sense of enthusiasm, contribution, and spirit.

Important Information about the Tryouts:

  • Please bring your own water and beverages.  There are water fountains in the gym to fill up water bottles.
  • Attire- Any combination of maroon, gold, black and/ or white clothing that is appropriate for cheerleading (ie, t-shirt, tank, shorts, leggings)
  • Please wear hair tied back neatly with a bow of your choice.
  • We will evaluate basic cheer skills: motions, jumps, stunting, showmanship, and SPIRIT!
**Plenty of time will be provided to review material and ask any questions you may have.
**If you are unable to make the try-outs but are still interested in the Iona College Cheerleading Team, a video submission will be accepted. However, it is preferred that you are present for tryouts. Please contact the coach regarded the specific requirements for video submissions. 
If you are interested in temporary on-campus housing for the weekend, please let the cheerleading coach know by Monday, May 26.
Please contact the Head Coach, Tashica Clarke at if you are interested in trying out and/or you have any questions.

Practice Times: **May change for the 2014-2015 Academic Year**

  • Tuesday: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Locations: Hynes Athletics Center - Mulcahy Gym, Hynes Gym and the Hagerty Room
*Mascot will only be expected to attend one practice per week*

Head Cheerleading Coach: Tashica Clarke
Contact: Jason Gloe