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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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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Sydney Seyter

Assitant Coach - Sydney Seyter

Sydney Seyter grew up in Antioch and began cheering at Antioch Upper Grade School and Antioch Community High School (‘13). She was a member of the Junior Varsity team until her senior year. During the 2012-2013 season, Antioch’s Varsity team placed 5th at the IHSA Cheerleading State Finals competition. After graduating she returned to volunteer for the ACHS Cheerleading program and taught tumbling classes at the local Gymnastics Zone in Antioch. Sydney went on to cheer at Carroll University in Waukesha WI for a short time (‘17). 

During her first year of teaching at Mitchell Middle School in Racine WI, Sydney started a cheerleading program. The program grew in its two years and in the second year they attended their first local competition and placed 3rd. She then went on to teach and coach at Lance Middle School Kenosha WI where she assisted the head coach in preparing their team for the Wisconsin State Cheerleading Championship in February 2020. 

Sydney now teaches at Round Lake Middle School. She is excited to be assisting the LHS Cheerleading Program and to get back to her roots, coaching in the IHSA Cheerleading community.

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Julianne Evans

Volunteer Assistant - Julianne Evans

Julianne (Luick) Evans 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 held that position until 2021.  Julianne is currently the math and science division chair at Prospect High School and still volunteers her time with LHS Cheer.

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