Spirit Squads

Joyce Whitaker
Position: Spirit Coordinator
Alma Mater: Wright State
Graduating Year: 1980
Experience: 25 Years
Phone: 937-775-7281
Email: joyce.whitaker@wright.edu
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Joyce Whitaker Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 01/01/2011

Joyce Whitaker is the Wright State Spirit Coordinator, a position she has held since 1994.

In her role, Whitaker oversees all aspects of coaching and administration for the spirit units (cheerleaders, dance teams and mascots), which includes assisting the coaching staff with recruiting, conditioning, choreography, budgeting, marketing and fundraising. Whitaker attends various sporting events and works with the marketing team and pep band director to ensure proper game-day management and spirit squad involvement.

During her tenure, Wright State has received numerous awards, including (2) two NCA Collegiate Program of the Year awards and (1) one UDA Dance National Championship. The Raider Spirit unit has earned numerous Game Day, Team Dance and Mascot Instructional Camp awards along with receiving paid lodging bids for national competition.

A member of Who's Who of Collegiate Coaches, Whitaker was previously active in the Spirit Industry Trade Association and worked for a Spirit Industry event producer for over 12 years as an Operation and Human Resources executive. Whitaker remains actively involved in consulting-educating coaches and students at coaches conferences and judging at spirit industry events.

A 1980 WSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, Whitaker is certified with the American Association of Cheerleaders, Coaches, and Advisors (AACCA), Awarded Who’s Who of College Coaches, Varsity All-Star Judge, Dance Adjudicator, Honored Member Executive (17th Edition of World Wide Publishing of Executives and Entrepreneurs) and also holds Professional in Human Resources Certification since 2006.

Whitaker lives in Dayton with her husband, Lee, and has two daughters, Lauren and Jordan.