UND Staff

Delayna Herndon

Head Coach & Program Director

Email ndcheer@nd.edu

Coach Herndon brought 9 years of prior coaching experience with her when she joined the Notre Dame cheerleading program as the head coach in 2016. She began her coaching career as a teenager coaching all star cheerleading and instructing tumbling classes in the summer and after school and her own cheer practices. She began coaching at a young age because her desire to coach stemmed from her strong love and passion for the sport of cheerleading. She became a competitive cheerleader at the age of 8 winning many local and national competitions, she then transitioned to cheering for her middle school and high school teams winning two state titles. Coach Herndon then attended Bowling Green State University where she studied Dietetics and cheered all four years on the all girl and small coed teams, and competed with their College STUNT Team and at UCA Nationals. During and after (7 years) her time at BGSU she was a member of the Detroit Tigers Energy Squad which opened her eyes to the type of collaboration it takes between marketing, promotions, and the spirit groups to create a cohesive and well rounded game day experience for fans. Upon graduating Coach Herndon pursued coaching all star and high school cheerleading, working with a company that taught cheerleading and tumbling technique, injury prevention, and conditioning throughout the state of Michigan full time, while also coaching the All Girl club team at the University of Michigan.

Coach Herndon is a native of the Detroit Metro Area but has fallen in love with South Bend. She enjoys running, yoga, outdoor activities, and traveling when she’s not living out her dream, coaching college cheerleading at The University of Notre Dame.