Cheerleading Coaches

Erin Vance

Head Coach - Erin Vance

Erin Vance grew up in Buffalo Grove and cheered at St. Mary's grade school and Stevenson High School ('02).  Erin was an ICCA Scholarship winner and All-State selection. She was a member of the inaugural University of Illinois Illini All-Girl competitive cheerleading team in Champaign. In 2007, Erin began coaching IHSA cheerleading. She was the assistant varsity coach to the 2007 Coed State Champions, Elk Grove. Vance became the head coach at Streamwood High School in 2008 and took them to the IHSA Coed State Finals for the first time in school history. They repeated that trip to State in 2009. In 2010, Erin was named the head coach at Stevenson High School and took the large varsity team to State in 2011 and 2012. Erin has been the head coach at LHS since the summer of 2015. The 15-16 squad finished 6th at Sectionals, 0.6 points away from State Qualification. The 16-17 team also finished 6th at Sectionals with their best performance of the season.

Erin has been an IHSA official since 2007 and an IRCA official since 2009. Erin had the privilege to judge the inaugural IHSA Competitive Dance State Championship in 2013 and repeated this honor in 2014 & 2015. Erin Vance is the Head Official for the IRCA (Illinois Recreational Cheerleaders Association).

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Julianne Luick

Varsity Assistant - Julianne Luick

Julianne Luick grew up in Schaumburg and cheered at Jane Addams Junior High and Conant High School ('02). Julianne was also the feature twirler at Conant. Julianne continued twirling in college as the feature twirler for the Trojan Marching Band at the University of Southern California. During her senior year Julianne cheered with the USC Song Girls. In 2009, Julianne began coaching IHSA cheerleading. She was the freshman coach at her alumna mater Conant High School. Julianne was hired as a full time math teacher at Libertyville High School in 2012 and began coaching at the junior varsity level. In 2013, Julianne was named the assistant varsity coach at Libertyville High School and she has held that position ever since.

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JV Coach - Melissa Dunham

Melissa Dunham grew up in Round Lake cheering for local all-star programs until cheering on the Varsity Cheer Team for four years at Grant Community High School (’13). During the 2012-13 season, Grant Varsity’s Coed Team placed 3rd at the IHSA Cheerleading State Finals competition. She was then recruited to Dartmouth College (’17) for Track and Field and was an Ivy League All-Conference Discus Thrower in 2014 and 2016. For her senior year, Melissa also cheered for Dartmouth College’s Club Cheerleading team.

Melissa first started as a volunteer cheer coach for the Grant Junior Bulldogs in 2012, and her teams placed top 3 at IRCA State Finals from 2012 to 2014. In 2017, she became the volunteer JV assistant at her alma mater Grant Community High School, where she remained coaching until being named the JV coach at Libertyville High School in September 2018.

 

 

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