Head coach Fernando Thomas has been involved with cheerleading for over ten years. He kicked off his cheerleading career by competing for Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY. He quickly found himself obsessed with an activity that was outside his traditional interest in track & field and football. Being a self-proclaimed perfectionist, he quickly developed the basic skills required for cheerleading and earned a spot cheering for an all-star gym known as Kentucky Elite later that following year. He cheered and worked there during his junior and senior years of high school, winning a series of competitions which would become his first of several national championships (2 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National All-Star Championships, 2 World Cheerleading Association (WCA) National Championships, and 1 CheerSport National Championship). By the culmination of his high school career, he felt he had developed enough confidence in the various skill sets to take his next step with cheerleading - collegiate cheerleading. He chose to stay close to home and continue his education at and compete as part of one of the most prestigious cheerleading programs in the country at the University of Kentucky. Thomas still feels very fortunate to have cheered in a great and competitive environment for the four years of his intercollegiate cheerleading career. While cheering at the University of Kentucky, he was a member of his third, fourth and fifth UCA National Championship teams in 2002, 2004 and 2005, respectively, while pursuing an education in marketing and management. During his time cheering at Kentucky, he got back into coaching and started assisting Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, KY. A proud coach of Bowling Green since 2004, he found that he really enjoyed working with such dedicated student-athletes, reaffirming his desire to coach again at the intercollegiate level. While there, his teams finished second in the Large Co-ed Division at UCA Nationals three years in a row - the best they have ever done in that competition. In addition to cheering and coaching during at that time, Thomas was hired to work as a UCA instructor where he ran, worked at and traveled all over the United States for various camps, and regional and national competitions. Currently the vice-president of the Planet Stunt cheerleading performance and team training company in Waterbury, CT he is very enthused about the future growth and potential for the Sacred Heart University Cheerleading and Spirit Program.