UWF Cheerleading Team Wins National Championship

April 12, 2021

The UWF Cheerleading team captured a national championship at the NCA College Nationals.

The Argos were in first place after the preliminaries and took advantage of that lead in the finals.

This is the first time UWF has competed in this prestigious competition. Head coach Brooke Ciolino knew this team had the potential to bring home a title from one of the biggest and best competitions out there.

“I look over and there’s a five-foot trophy sitting in my room and it’s awesome,” said Ciolino.

The championship winning team overcame all kinds of obstacles on their way to a crowning achievement.

Ciolino and assistant coach Shantell Taylor had to hold virtual tryouts due to COVID restrictions. The squad did not meet until September, and even then only half of the members could practice during a session. The team worked in shifts like this until October.

The team also battled numerous injuries along that way.

And Taylor had to help coach the squad via Zoom exclusively after her husband was transferred away from Pensacola. In fact, she choreographed the championship winning routine virtually.

Taylor and Ciolino were college teammates. This championship win is the fulfillment of a dream.

“It’s honestly surreal,” Ciolino said. “Since we started coaching together we’ve always talked about how wonderful it would be to do this.”

UWF took top honors in the NCA College Nationals Game Day Open – which simulates the atmosphere of cheering at a live sporting event. The West Florida squad consists of 26 cheerleaders, with 11 returning members and 15 new to the team. Many of the new members have never cheered on a college sideline before.

Ciolino points to the squad’s quickly developed chemistry as a driving force.

“There’s just something special about this team,” Ciolino added. “They never stopped pushing.”

The UWF coaches saw the opportunity to focus on training for competition with no sports to cheer for in the fall and winter of 2020. They also saw the talent, drive and determination this team possessed.


5 Responses to “UWF Cheerleading Team Wins National Championship”

  1. DDD on April 13th, 2021 8:24 am

    Great Job Ladies! Commitment overrules pain!

  2. Taylon on April 12th, 2021 7:51 am


    And considering I see 3 or 4 foot braces in that bottom picture with them all wearing the sunglasses they certainly sacrificed the body to earn that win.

  3. JTV on April 12th, 2021 5:47 am

    Congratulations ladies

  4. Anne on April 12th, 2021 5:33 am

    CONGRATULATIONS to you each one and the TEAM!!!
    Awesome and Amazing Accomplishment
    Being a member of the Charter Class, 1969, I can say we Never would have dreamed that UWF would have any of the Great Sports you are enjoying,
    Cheering is a True Athletic Sport and I am personally in AWE of you.
    GO ARGOS..

  5. Matchbox on April 12th, 2021 3:13 am

    This is wonderful…so proud of your accomplishment..what a great story.. congratulations

Have a comment on this story?

We welcome your comments on this story, but there are some rules to follow::

(1) Be Nice. No comments that slander another, no racism, no sexism, no personal attacks.

(2) No Harrassing Comments. If someone says something bad about you, don't respond. That's childish.

(3) No Libel. That's saying something is not true about someone. Don't do it.

(4) Keep it clean. Nothing vulgar, obscene or sexually related. No profanity or obvious substitutions. Period.

(5) NorthEscambia.com reserves the right to remove any comments that violate our rules or we think to be inappropriate. We are not responsible for what is posted. Comments may not appear right away until they are approved by a moderator.

(6) Limit your comments to the subject in this story only, and limit comments to 300 words or less. Do not post copyrighted material. Comments will not be added to stories that are over 30 days old.

(7) No posts may advertise a commercial business or political group, or link to another commercial web site or political site of any kind.