Sami George – Head Coach
Cheerleading Head Coach Sami George came to Notre Dame College in 2010 in dual capacity as an admissions counselor and head cheerleading coach. Due to the tremendous growth of the cheerleading program from 16 to 40 members, she has since been named fulltime head coach.
Prior to joining NDC, George was the head cheerleading coach at Baldwin-Wallace College for three years after serving as assistant coach for one year. George graduated Baldwin-Wallace with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communications in 2005. She played softball at BW and was the captain of the cheerleading squad.
George is a graduate of Garfield Heights High School where she cheered, competed with Jammer’s All Stars, performed on the high school dance team, and was a four-year letterman for softball. George is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators (AACCA). She lives in Lakewood with husband Joe, an anesthesiologist resident at South Point Hospital.
“The past two years at Notre Dame have been incredibly rewarding,” George says. “The tremendous growth of the cheerleading squad is testament to the hard work and dedication of both our students and staff. As fulltime coach I am excited to continue making cheerleading an integral part of our vibrant campus life.”
Allison Kokely – Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Allison Kokely is also a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She succeeded George in being the captain of BW’s cheerleading team. Aside from coaching, Kokely is currently teaching elementary school and working to earn her master’s degree in special education.
Kokely, who is AACCA certified, began her cheering experience at Normandy High School. During that time she also competed locally and nationally for Ultimate Athletics of Ohio. In college she was a traveling instructor for Champion Cheer Central. She has also been a cheerleading coach at Midpark High School since 2010.
“It is such a pleasure to work with Sami, Mandy and Amy in a program that has become so successful in a few short years,” she says. “I believe the tradition of family that we bring to Notre Dame has made a huge impact on our program and will continue to do so for years to come. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with the College thus far and look forward to watching the school and our program continue to grow.”
Amy Hafner – Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Amy Hafner also has a connection to Baldwin-Wallace where she coached for three years.
She is a graduate of Marietta College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media with a minor in journalism, and was a member of the cheerleading team.
Hafner, who is AACCA certified, is a graduate of Westlake High School where she was an all-American cheerleader.
She spends her free time volunteering for Cleveland APL, Cleveland Indians Charities, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
“This is an amazing opportunity to work with an energetic staff and build a program that this school will be proud of,” Hafner says.
Mandy Means - Assistant Coach
Mandy is also a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Master of Education in Leadership in Higher Education. She was a captain under the coaching of Sami George. She also serves as an Admissions Counselor at Notre Dame College.
Means, who is AACCA certified, is a graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School where she was a three-year varsity letter-winner in cheerleading as well as captain of the varsity squad. She was also captain of the Honeybees Dance Team.
"It is a special pleasure to coach alongside of Sami, Amy, and Allison who have been wonderful role models in my life. Notre Dame College offers a tradition and school spirit unlike any other institution in the area. It is an especially exciting time to be a student at NDC because of its growing enrollment and addition of many academic and co-curricular programs!" says Means.