Program Staff

Samantha Breault, Coordinator & Head Cheerleading Coach




Samantha is originally from Niskayuna, NY where she became a cheerleader at the age of six.  Samantha trained and competed with Cheer Intensity All-Stars from 2006-2011.  Samantha attended Syracuse University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science.  She is a 4-year veteran of the Syracuse Spirit Program and was selected as one of the captains for the 2014-2015 season.  Samantha cheered at football and basketball games throughout her time at Syracuse as well as competed at UCA College Nationals in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.    Since 2011, Samantha has been a part of the National Cheerleaders Association staff.  She travels to instruct camps throughout the year ranging from youth to college level.  As of January 2015, Samantha was chosen to become a Head Instructor for the company.  Samantha has been a part of the UConn SPT Staff since August 2015.


Amy Thees, Dance Coach


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Amy is originally from New Jersey where she grew up dancing and teaching at her family’s owned and operated dance studio. Since the age of 9, she has worked as a dance model and has appeared in many dance featured print such as Curtain Call Magazine. Amy has taught and coached at various dance studios around Connecticut in the styles of hiphop, jazz, and contemporary lyrical for children ages 7-18. Amy has been a member of a variety of professional cheerleading and dance organizations including the UFL Hartford Colonials and the WNBA CT Sun Solar Power Dance Team. She is a 4-year veteran of the UConn dance team having served her senior year as captain. Upon graduating from UConn with a bachelor of science in medical laboratory science, Amy went on to complete a master of health science at Quinnipiac University while working at Hartford and Bristol hospitals as a microbiologist. Amy is currently working on her doctor of philosophy degree in molecular and cell biology here at UConn.


Ashley Marquardt, Dance Coach 



Ashley Marquardt is a Connecticut native and starting her training at the age of 4 from All The Right Moves Dance Center. During her high school years, she competed with ECB’s Street Elite All-Star Hip Hop Team. Ashley graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was a four-year member and co-captain of UConn Dance Team. Ashley is an instructor for the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and travels around the country to teach technique and routines to high school and college dance teams. She choreographed material for the 2017 & 2018 NDA Curriculum. She also has experience with professional cheerleading and dance team organizations such as the NLL New England Black Wolves and was a four-year member of the WNBA CT Sun Solar Power Dance Team. She is a co-founding an all-star hiphop program in Connecticut which competed in the International Open Hip Hop Division at USASF Dance Worlds. Ashley is excited to be back as a alumni and help keep the tradition and spirit alive!


Brittany Lawson, Undergraduate Program Assistant