Spirit Squad

 Matthew Ortega
Matthew Ortega

Head Coach/Spirit Program Coordinator

First season at UW

Alma mater:
New Mexico State

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department announced April 30, 2014, that Matthew Ortega had been hired as the new Spirit Squad Coach for Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics. Ortega comes to Wyoming after serving as the Assistant Cheerleading Coach at New Mexico State University from April 2009 to April 2014.

Ortega will guide all of UW Athletics spirit squads. In addition to his five years of coaching experience at the college level, Ortega has over 12 years of experience as a coach, choreographer and national judge at the high school and collegiate levels. He is certified as a cheer coach by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA), and has completed Levels 1-5 certification from the U.S. All Star Federation for Cheer and Dance Teams (USASF). He also works with the National Cheerleading Association (NCA).

Ortega was, himself, a former coed cheerleader and is an alumnus of New Mexico State. He completed his bachelor's degree in social work from New Mexico State, and also has taken graduate courses in cross cultural studies and counseling through Baptist University in San Antonio, Texas.

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