PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University athletics department prides itself on providing a great game day experience for its student-athletes and fans. The Wildcat spirit squads have been instrumental in creating an exciting environment and their involvement is being expanded.
After taking over the JWU cheerleading program two years ago, Cassie Dib has led the Wildcats to the 2019 NCA National Championships. Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of Athletics Mel Graf has announced Dib has been hired on a full-time basis.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the formation of the JWU Spirit Squad," Dib said "Our focus is to continue the enhancement of the game day experience at JWU, but also to continue the growth of our own competitive seasons. There are exciting developments already happening with the spirit group collaborations and I am looking forward to our 2019-20 season!"
In addition to coaching the JWU competition and sideline cheerleading squads, Dib will also lead all recruiting efforts for the JWU spirit and dance teams, as well as the JWU mascot, Wildcat Willie. The spirit squad will also help support other university programs such as New Student Orientation and Accepted Students Day.
The cheerleading team will hold an open gym on Friday, September 13, from 6-9 pm and tryouts will be September 14 from 9 am – 6 pm. Tryouts for the dance team is September 13 from 4-7 pm and September 14 from 9 am – 6 pm. Anyone interested in being the mascot should attend tryouts on September 14 from 6-9 pm.
All tryouts will be held at the Wildcat Center. For more information, email coach Dib.
Dib got her coaching career started at Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she was the head cheerleading coach from 2006-2011. There she oversaw all aspects of the football and basketball cheerleading programs while coaching a national bid-winning team and taking the team into their first competitive season.
A graduate of William Penn University, she earned her degree in exercise science. During her time at William Penn, Dib was a four-year member of the cheerleading team and served as captain during her senior campaign. She also helped the Statesmen program with choreography, coordinated team performances and game-day timeouts.