About Us

We are the home of Vanderbilt Cheerleading, Dance Team, Mr. C and Mic Men.  Our program cheers on our Vanderbilt Commodores at all of the home games for football, men’s and women’s basketball and supports Vanderbilt University at various department and community events.  Come see why Vandy Spirit is more than just a team…it’s a family.

Meet The Staff

Danielle Manninger • Spirit Coordinator/Head Coach • danielle.manninger@vanderbilt.edu • 615-343-2760
Coach E is the current Spirit Coordinator and Head Coach of Vanderbilt University Spirit Programs.  Coach E comes to us from UC Berkeley where she served as the head coach of Cal Cheerleading.  She is a veteran head instructor at Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA).  Coach E earned her master’s degree at Sacramento State University in Higher Education Leadership and her bachelor’s degree at University of California, Davis.

Lance Bowie • Cheer Coach
Coach Bowie is a 7 year veteran coach with Vanderbilt Cheerleading.  Originally from Anchorage, Alaska he is known to be the first Alaskan male gymnast to compete at the Junior Olympic level.  Lance is a graduate of University of Washington and was team captain for the UW Men’s Gymnastics team for 3 years.  He earned his degree in Geographic Information Systems.  Outside of Vanderbilt Cheerleading, Lance serves as the tumbling and conditioning coach at Premier Cheer in Tennessee.

Heather Hamilton • Dance Coach
Originally from Oklahoma, Heather attended the University of Oklahoma and was a 4 year member of the OU Pom Squad while serving as the team captain for 2 seasons. She received her bachelor of arts in sciences in communication and upon graduation continued her dancing career as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. She has been seen in performances with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, Neal McCoy, and many more.

Colin Peter • Volunteer Coach
Coach Colin joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff 3 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Northwest Missouri State University. He has cheered and competed with Northwest Missouri State and The Ohio State University.  He is a former Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) instructor for collegiate and high school camps across the country. 

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