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Competitive Cheer Coaching Staff

Head Coach Lindsey Needham

College: College of Charleston, B.S. in Special Education; University of Georgia, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction; University of Georgia, Ed.S in Learning, Design and Development

Years Coaching: 15


  • Varsity Head Coach since 2011
  • Varsity Head and Assistant Gymnastics Coach
  • Grayson Athletic Association Coach for Cheerleaders with Exceptionalities
  • Universal Cheerleaders Association Instructor – 7 years
  • Competitive Choreography Experience- 6 years
  • Competitive Cheer Judge
  • AACCA Safety Certified
  • GHSA and GCCA member

Married to Matt Needham and has two boys, Harper and Henry.

Assistant Coach Amanda Connell

College: University of West Georgia, B.S. in Economics

Years Coaching: 8


  • Varsity Assistant and Head JV Cheer Coach (2009-2015)
  • Varsity Assistant Girl’s Lacrosse Coach
  • Head Girl’s Lacrosse Coach


  • 5 Region Championships in Competitive Cheerleading
  • 3 State Champions in Competitive Cheerleading
  • 2009, 2010, and 2011 GHSA Assistant Cheerleading Coach of the Year (AAAAA)
  • 2 County Championships in Girl’s Lacrosse
  • Area 1-2015 All Area Coach of the Year in Girl’s Lacrosse

Married to Drew Connell and one daughter, Lyla.

Assistant Coach Al Anderson

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Channing Bridges named State Runner-Up for Cheerleader of the Year! #wolverinepride

Congratulations to West’s Channing Bridges for being named the State Runner-Up for Cheerleader of the Year on Saturday at the State Comp Cheer Championships! Madi Brock from South Forsyth won the award. 

Competition Cheer 3rd at State Championships #wolverinepride

West Comp Cheer Finished in 3rd place for 2nd consecutive year firmly establishing ourselves as one the top programs in the state! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work this year. Congratulations to Coach Lindsey Needham, Coach Al, Coach Amanda Connell and Coach Ashely Marinello! So proud of your accomplishments!

Comp Cheer 2nd in Region and Heading to State Championships Saturday

This past Saturday West Comp Cheer team placed 2nd in the Region Championship. The team will leave on Thursday for Columbus, GA to compete in the State Championships. Good Luck to the entire team and Coach Needham, Coach Al, Coach Connell, and Coach Marinello!

Comp Cheer At Region this Saturday; Nov 4 at Dawson County HS!

Comp Cheer will compete in the Region Competition on Saturday at Dawson County HS. West will compete between 11:00 – 11:30 on Saturday morning. Please stop by and support our team!

Congratulations to Brittney and Channing for making All-State Comp Cheer!

Brittney Baker and Channing Bridges both were named All-State Comp Cheer and both are now eligible for Cheerleader of the Year to be named at the State Championships in November. Congratulations to both ladies!

Golden Wolverine Award Winners Annouced

The Golden Wolverine is one of the biggest honors that the West Athletic Department bestows on a Senior athlete. The Golden Wolverine denotes a high school senior who has achieved at least 8 varsity letters over the course of their 4 years in high school. West recognizes these outstanding athletes at the end of year […]

Watch State Championship Cheer here if you can’t go!

If you are not able to make the trip all the way to Columbus on Friday and Saturday. You can watch the state championships here at the link provided! Watch  the State Championships and still support your West Comp Cheer team as they compete for a state championship. Watch Here!

Comp Cheer at Region Meet on Saturday! Need a big crowd!!

Please consider driving up to Dawson County High School on Saturday morning to support the Competition Cheerleaders as they begin the pursuit of a State Championship on Saturday at the Region 5-7A Meet. The West Cheer squad will compete at approximately 11:00 am and would appreciate all the support they can get to yell and […]

2016-2017 Cheerleading Squads

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Cheerleaders! JV Competition/Sideline Mary Margaret Baxley Jayna Brown Morgan Downum Maddie Fields Sophie Froats Alexa Gehring Abby Hager Carson Hardy Emma Holmes Kira Keown Ansley Kirkland Ellie Marsden Morgan Martinez Raegan Owens Sarah Poppe Gabby Salisbury Brianna Slider Caitlin Rae Smith Julie (Laine) Tucker Morgan Wood Audrey Yarborough Kaelin Phillips Varsity […]

Cheerleading Informational Meeting

Anyone interested in trying out for a cheerleading squad for the 2016-2017 school year needs to attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 6:30pm in the WFHS Cafeteria. This meeting pertains to competition, football sideline and basketball sideline. Contact Lindsey Needham at with questions.



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