The PHSC cheerleading program boasts two national and five state championship titles. Our cheerleaders truly define the term student-athlete. Members of the coed team are highly visible throughout the year promoting school spirit at athletic, College, and community events. All cheerleaders must have at least three credit hours to cheer and a 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to be on the team.
The season begins every year with tryouts in mid-July. Cheerleaders are responsible for attending all practices and/or games including those that fall during College breaks/vacations and holidays as well as an out of state NCA collegiate cheerleading camp in August. In general, the PHSC cheerleaders practice three times a week, with the frequency of practices increasing to at least five times per week, during competition season. In addition to evening practices, all squad members are also required to attend study hall once a week.
Cheerleaders are ambassadors for the school and are expected to carry themselves accordingly at all times and volunteer for a variety of appearances throughout the season. Being a college cheerleader is an extremely rewarding experience, but is also quite time consuming. Cheerleaders must be dedicated and disciplined to participate. Please carefully consider whether your schedule allows for the time required to effectively practice for and perform in the cheerleading events, including cheer competitions. Cheerleaders are expected to focus on academics first and cheerleading second. If you are interested in cheering at Pasco-Hernando State College, please check the website often for updates and contact the cheer head coach for additional information.
About the Coach
Sophia Fluellen, a cheerleader since the age of four, brings her passion for cheerleading and extensive choreography and gymnastics experience to her role as head coach of the PHSC cheer team. Fluellen served as assistant coach/choreographer in 2013/14 where the team won Silver at the Florida State Championship Competition in February 2014 and has led the team to 3 state titles since taking over as head coach in the 2014-15 academic year.
In 2009, Fluellen, as a student, helped reinstitute the College's cheerleading program, which had been non-active for quite some time. She corralled team members, located a qualified coach and held the team captain and choreographer role for two years prior to taking on that role at the University of Alaska during her undergraduate studies.
In her second year on the team (2010/11—the first year at competing level), Fluellen and her team won the American Open National Championship College Cheer Level 6 Division held in Orlando. As head coach, Fluellen hopes to regain that title.
Fluellen is a native of Tampa, Fla. Her love of cheerleading started at LaFleur’s Gymnastics. She also cheered for the Tampa Bay Youth Football League prior to cheering for Land O’ Lakes High School and Sunlake High School where she was team captain. Fluellen has been a cheer camp instructor and was assistant coach for Hudson High School and a local little league team.
In addition to cheer team head coach, Fluellen is an advisor at PHSC. She received her AA degree from Pasco-Hernando State College, her BA in broadcast journalism from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and her MS in mass communications from Florida International University.