About Cheer - JV


From Competition to football and basketball, we offer many opportunities to be part of a cheer squad at Lipscomb Academy, With offerings from 5th-12th grades, interested candidates are encouraged to be part of more than one squad and/or play other sports. 

We love to cheer for our sports teams, so we focus on a team concept. Cheerleaders are required to condition in the off-season and encouraged to develop new skills, such as tumbling, to extend the capabilities of our squads. Our highly qualified coaches lead our programs to help our students reach their full potential in all areas. Our cheerleaders attend UCA camp, and each year, we have many individuals who are recognized as UCA All-Americans. We also have many alumni cheerleaders, who have advanced their skills to the point they have been able to cheer at the collegiate level.  Our current competition squad competes in UCA regionals and have qualified for the last 4 years. 

All coaches are ACCAA (American Association of Cheer Coaches and Administrators) certified for safety and credentialed by UCA (Universal Cheerleader Association).



Miranda Giles - Director of Cheerleading Operations
Head Coach Basketball Squad

Miranda Giles is starting her seventh year as varsity head basketball cheer coach and eighth year as a high school Spanish teacher. A graduate of Lipscomb University, Giles received her bachelor’s in Spanish Education and master’s in Technology Education. She is passionate about creating a squad of confident and compassionate women to lead not only through athletics but spiritually and academically as well.

Anna Claire Temple - Head Coach Competition Squad

Anna Claire is a graduate of both Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University (Bachelor of Science in elementary education). She began cheering in fourth grade and continued throughout college. She has coached cheer and competitive programs at Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and Centennial High School in Franklin. While coaching at Centennial, the Junior Varsity squad received fifth at nationals, and the Varsity squad received second.

Whitney Cadavid: JV Head Coach

AnnMichael Merritt: JV Assistant Coach

Janene Ezell: MS Football Head Coach

Abby Ezell: MS Football Assistant 

Martha Lynn Crawford: MS Basketball Head Coach


Appearances (15): 2021,2020, 2019, 2018, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1974, 1973, 1951, 1926

Finals Appearances (1): 1993

Championships (1): 1993



Wesley Morgan, Cumberland University


Chaley Allen, University of Tennessee-Martin

Ann Michael Merritt, Lipscomb University

Victoria Newby, Lipscomb University


Haley Grizzell, Harding University


Lindsey Bradshaw, Lipscomb University

Caroline Burch, Harding University


Elizabeth Gaw, Samford University

Belle (Blickenstaff) Howell, Harding University

Lindsey Nance, Lipscomb University

Katie (Holliday) Weber, Lipscomb University


Anna Claire Temple, Lipscomb University