Director of Spirit Programs & Head Cheer Coach
Emily was honored to start the cheerleading program at Grand Canyon University in 2008 and has seen tremendous growth within the program since. In its first year, GCU Cheer had only 14 members, to this year having 47 highly experienced athletes on the team, including both an All-Girl Team and Co-Ed Team. GCU Cheer is centered around the love and mentoring of great game day cheerleaders, campus leaders and ambassadors, as well as cultivating a competitive spirit and program. Competitively, the team placed 1st in Large Co-Ed at the 2013 USA Collegiate Nationals in Anaheim, CA. In 2015, they placed 5th in Division II Large Co-Ed and in 2016 & 2017 they placed 2nd in Division II Small Co-Ed, both at the UCA Collegiate Nationals in Orlando, FL.
Stephens’ background in cheerleading goes way back to her elementary years when she competed in elite gymnastics and continued her gymnastics and cheerleading through-out junior high and high school. Stephens graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Communications, where she was also privileged to cheer and represent the Broncos on the infamous blue turf.
In addition to being the cheer team’s head coach, Stephens is also the Director of Spirit Programs, overseeing cheer, dance, mascot & GCU’s student section, The Havocs. She absolutely loves the ability to collaborate all spirit groups at GCU and work hand-in-hand with the leaders of those programs. She has always said she is extremely blessed to have a job that is truly her hobby and gives her so much joy and fulfillment, and has been honored to be a part of the tremendous growth at Grand Canyon over the past 8 years.
In her spare time, she simply loves spending time with her husband Brandon, and their 2 sons Dylan and Wyat. They enjoy family trips, weekend football, swimming and playing with the family dog, a 13-year-old golden retriever named Abby.
Assistant Cheer Coach
Keegan Hubbard comes to GCU from the University of Central Florida. While graduating from UCF in 2010 and cheering 4 years, Keegan had the honor of being a part of the D1A 2007 National Championship team, taking first place in the Large Coed Division.
Hubbard now works as the Associate Cheer Coach under Emily Stephens while also being the Universal Cheer Associations State Director in both Arizona and Nevada and has in the cheerleading industry for over 10 years.