Meet the Spirit Squad Coaches

The Spirit Squad office is located in the staff office suite of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. (Click here for address and map.)

Tiffany Fettinger

Spirit Coordinator/Cheer Coach
Phone: 214-768-1500

School: Southern Methodist University
Degree Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology
Favorite Movie(s): Miracle, Remember the Titans, Pretty Woman, The Family Stone
Favorite Food(s): Steak, Chips and Queso and Chick-Fil-A

Most Memorable Experience: Cheering at the Hawaii Bowl in 2009 and NCA College Nationals in 2009- I was representing SMU and enjoyed every moment of both experiences! At Nationals we had the whole band shell cheering us on and I had goose bumps the whole time! We ended up losing by .03, but despite second place we still had the time of our lives! Also, at the Hawaii Bowl my family surprised me the day before the game and the Mustangs were Hawaii Bowl Champs! Most recently, my favorite experience was taking part of my team to the Hawaii Bowl in 2012. It was so special to take a group to cheer at Aloha Stadium and another SMU Hawaii Bowl victory! I also cherish every time I took the floor with Spirit of Texas!

Advice for Younger Athletes: When you put your heart in it, it can take you anywhere. Follow your dreams and listen to your heart. When you are passionate about something, never give up on it!

About Me: Tiffany’s cheerleading career began at the age of 13, after she quit gymnastics. While she loved gymnastics the forty hour a week practice schedule took its toll on her at a young age. She started cheering competitively at a gym in Arlington, TX called Spirit of Texas. She cheered there for 11 years and coached at the gym for five years. During her time at Spirit of Texas she won 11 NCA Nationals Titles. Tiffany’s senior year of high school her team was also named World Champions in the small coed division. Tiffany is also a former SMU Cheer captain and cheered on her Mustangs for four years. Currently living in Dallas with her two dogs, she loves going to the lake, spending time with friends and family and cooking.

Lori Todd

Pom Squad Coach

School: University of North Texas
Degree Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Journalism
Favorite Movie(s): Pretty Women
Favorite Food(s): Mexican
Most Memorable Experience: I know its cliché, but marrying my husband and having our daughter
Advice for Younger Athletes: Take care of your bodies! It is so important to eat right, get enough hours of sleep at night, and warm up before exercising. It will catch up to you if you don’t, trust me!
About Me: Lori's dance career began at the ripe age of 3, when she started taking ballet, tap and jazz. After two years, she dropped tap and jazz to extensively study ballet at what is now City Ballet for 11 years. Lori was a three-year member of the national-award winning Hillcrest Panader drill team in high school. There she served as captain her senior year, and traveled to Barcelona, Spain where she performed at the 1992 Summer Olympics. After high school she went on to dance with the University of North Texas Dancers for two years and served as captain her last year. Lori was a head instructor for the National Dance Alliance for seven years where she led camps all over the country, judged regional and national competitions, and traveled to Tokyo and Hawaii to represent the company at special events. After college, Lori danced for the Dallas Mavericks Dancers for two years. She has been the pom coach at SMU for the past 7 years. She is not only the pom coach at SMU, but also teaches journalism at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. There she serves as the advisor for the school’s yearbook and newspaper, and until recently she served as the director of the Hillcrest Panader drill team.

For additional information about SMU Spirit squads, please contact Tiffany Fettinger at 214-768-1500 or


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