Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Alisha Steckler
Alisha Steckler was hired as Morningside's competitive cheer & dance head coach in April 2016.
Steckler enjoyed a highly successful first season at Morningside when the Mustangs were crowned the cheer champions and finished as the runner-up in dance at the 2017 GPAC Competitive Cheer & Dance Championships. The Mustangs finished second in both cheer and dance at the 2017 NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance Northwest Group Qualifier Tournament and the dance team finished sixth nationally at the first-ever NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance National Championships.
Steckler came to Morningside from Briar Cliff University, where she was the Chargers’ competitive dance coach and cheer advisor for the previous four years. She started both the competitive dance and cheer programs at Briar Cliff and guided the Chargers’ dance team to an eighth place finish at the 2016 NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance National Invitational.
She was an assistant coach at Grand View University during the 2010-11 academic year. She helped lead the Vikings to a first place finish in Pom and a second place finish in Jazz at the collegiate state competition, a second place finish at regionals, and a fourth place finish at nationals.
Steckler is a 2011 graduate of Grand View, where she was a four-year member of the varsity dance team. She was team captain as a senior for a Viking dance team that finished first in both Jazz and Pom at the state competition.
She also served as a team captain for the Southeast Polk RhythAMette dance team during her prep career at Southeast Polk High School.