Tara Sinclair - Head Coach
Tara Coletti-Sinclair is a graduate of College Misericordia ('01) and she is a former Cougar cheerleader. She holds a BA in English and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. She holds eleven years of teaching experience at the middle and high school levels.
Tara began cheering when she was in Jr. High and continued through college. She is a former instructor for Eastern Cheer and Dance Association, ECDA. While working on ECA staff, Tara also served on curriculum staff where she choreographed summer material for the company. Currently, Coach Sinclair is active in providing choreography for competitive teams. She has choreographed routines for numerous all-star programs and school teams.
In regards to coaching experience, Coach Sinclair has 19 years of experience on all levels of cheerleding. She has coached at the rec level, as well as the junior high and high school level. Sinclair also served many years as a director, cheer coach and tumble coach for an all-star program.
Coach Sinclair is well qualified to serve as Misericordia University's Head Cheerleading Coach. She holds a master level certification from the NCSSE, the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education. She is also certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, AACCA, in cheerleading safety, as well as by the USASF in all levels of all-star cheerleading safety. Finally, Tara attends many conferences and workshops to develop her coaching techniques and update her safety certifications.
Megan Zelonis - Assistant Coach
Megan Zelonis is entering her fourth season as assistant coach for the Misericordia cheerleading program. She was also a four year member of the team, giving her 8 years of experience with the Cougars. During her time in the cheerleading program, Megan served as a team captain, and she continues to lead the team in her coaching role. She graduated from Misericordia University in 2014 with BS in Nursing. She is currently employed as a Nurse in the local ER.
Kelsey Wolsieffer - Assistant Coach
Kelsey Wolsieffer is a graduate of Misericordia University; she graduated in 2015 with her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood & Special Education. She is currently employed in the Wyoming Valley West School District. Kelsey is a former cheerleader and team captain for the Cougars. She joined the coaching staff during the 2015-2016 season.
Erica Moore - Asst. Coach/ Tumble Coach
Erica Moore is an alumni of the Misericordia Cheerleading team and a former captain. She began assistant coaching in the 2016-17 season and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at MU. Erica is also a staff member of the Universal Cheerleaders Association where she works camps and clinics with cheerleaders of all ages. Erica is USASF certified for all levels of tumbling and AACCA certified in cheerleading safety. Erica has a background in tumbling and serves as a tumbling coach at MU.
Samantha Tencza - Tumble Coach
Samantha is a resident of Dallas, Pa. She is a graduate of Misericordia University and former cheerleader and captain. Samantha is pursing her second bachelors degree in Nursing at Wilkes University.
Samantha is a staff member of the Universal Cheerleading Association where she teaches cheerleading at camps for cheerleaders of all ages. Samantha is certified gymnastics instructor as well as a certified tumbling instructor. She is a coach for a local competitive gymnastics program and she assists Misericordia as a tumbling coach as well.