Program Staff

Samantha Breault, Coordinator & Head Cheerleading Coach




Samantha is originally from Niskayuna, NY where she became a cheerleader at the age of six. She was a member of Niskayuna Pop Warner and went on to cheer at Niskayuna High School on their Varsity team.  Samantha also trained and competed with Cheer Intensity All-Stars from 2006-2011.  In 2011, she attended The Cheerleading Worlds competition in Orlando, FL with her international level 5 team from Cheer Intensity.  Samantha attended Syracuse University and was a member of their spirit program for all four years.  She was one of the captains of the team for the 2014-2015 season.  Samantha cheered at football and basketball games from 2011-2015 and competed at UCA College Nationals from 2012-2015.  Samantha graduated Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science.  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 was hired as the Assistant Cheerleading coach at UConn in 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.