Head Cheerleading Coach Ashley Edwards brought 25 girls from
all over the country together to create HPU’s first competitive
all girl squad. The athletes come from California, Colorado,
Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Texas, Virginia West Virginia, and of course
Edwards first proposed the idea of an All Girl squad in 2002,
arguing that it would allow HPU to compete in the National
Cheerleading Association’s (NCA) largest division—all
The squad was approved in fall of last year. Tryouts were held
this past spring, and the squad is now fully active. Of the
25 girls on the team, 20 of them have competed in previous
Edwards expects the team to be highly competitive this year.
The All Girl squad first met up this past summer at cheer camp
in Dallas, Texas.
You could just tell from the beginning it was a special group.
Imagine taking the superstars from 25 teams around the country
and bringing them all together. That’s exactly how it
was. You would have expected some primadonnas, but they weren’t
like that. They worked well together,” said Edwards.
But does HPU have room for two cheer squads?
Edwards thinks so. After being the coach of the HPU co-ed
squad for two years, and bringing home a National Championship
year, Edwards believes that the All Girl squad will be just
As the head coach for the entire Cheer Program, Edwards has
arranged for both teams to be completely active in HPU athletics
and beyond. He admits, however, that Co-Ed has an advantage
over All Girl when it comes to booking performances. The
Co-Ed team’s name is widely known now that they are National
Champions and are in high demand to perform all over the state.
Being the new kids on the block, All Girl does not have the
name recognition. Yet.
According to Edwards, the All Girl squad will be among the
top contenders at the NCA National Championships. All
Girl has its own division, one of the biggest in NCA. About
30 teams are expected to compete in Division II, including
HPU. Edwards believes that the team will be among the
top five contenders.
HPU provides scholarships to its many spirit programs including
the Co-Ed cheer squad, dance team, band, and spirit club.
Members of the All Girl squad are also given 80 to 100 percent
It has been rewarding to work with such awesome people and
to have a complete cheer team now,”said Edwards. “They