Cheer Recruitment


Dear Future Hawkeyes,

Thank you for your interest in the University of Iowa and the Iowa Cheerleaders. The Iowa Cheerleaders are a part of the University of Iowa Athletic Department under the Iowa Spirit Squads. Along with the Iowa Dance Team and Herky the Hawk we represent the University of Iowa at not only athletic events, but university and alumni events, and on the national level as we compete at UCA College Nationals.

Our team cheers for football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s wrestling, and women’s gymnastics. In addition to games, this team represents the University of Iowa by making appearances at public relations events throughout the year. The opportunities for you are endless! We travel to away football games, post-season Bowl games, basketball tournaments and college camp. During games and events, you will interact and communicate with thousands of alumni and influential supporters. In addition to travel for games, we attend UCA College Nationals and compete in the Division 1A game day and traditional routine categories.

Because of these responsibilities, we are looking for the most well-rounded Cheerleaders, on the field/floor, in practice, in the classroom and in public settings. We believe commitment to the team is key to the success of the team. Iowa Cheerleaders are hard working, dedicated, respectful, and well spoken athletes who can represent the University of Iowa in the best way possible at all times.

On campus, our athletes receive academic support, strength training, access to an athletic trainer, as well as nutritional and mental health support. These opportunities offer a great way for you to represent the University of Iowa while getting a collegiate education from one of the top schools in the country.

If you are serious about becoming an Iowa Cheerleader and moving forward in the recruitment process, please be sure to apply for admission to the University of Iowa. If you have not applied to the University you cannot be considered during the recruitment process. After you have applied to the University, you can complete the recruitment questionnaire if you haven’t already. Part of the recruitment process involves submitting YouTube video links to your skills. Please check our recruitment FAQ for more information on what to include in your video. Finally, please be sure to communicate with me, Head Coach Gregg Niemiec, frequently. Attend clinics/combines and set up a time to visit campus so we can meet you in person and see your skills. I want to make sure the University of Iowa is a good fit for you academically and the campus feels like home.

If you have any additional questions after reading through the information provided, please reach out to me at any time. We look forward to meeting or seeing you again soon!

Gregg Niemiec
Head Coach of the Iowa Cheerleaders
Spirit Coordinator for Iowa Spirit Squads