• 3-time NCA Champion (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Among the first women to cheer at Michigan in 1974

Pam St. John

Cheerleading is about so much more than being on the sidelines on Saturdays and courtside during basketball games. I believe in teaching life lessons and leadership through cheerleading. We are here to represent Michigan in everything we do and that starts in the classroom. We rely on energy, hard work and discipline to make Michigan the Leaders and Best.

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Coach Bio

Pam St. John began her tenure as the head coach of the University of Michigan cheer team in the 1982-83 season. She has guided the Maize and Blue to the pinnacle of the collegiate ranks with the program's recent championship three-peat. U-M claimed the national championship in three consecutive seasons from 2013-15 in the Coed Intermediate division at the National Cheerleaders Association competition in Daytona Beach, Fla. Throughout her tenure, U-M's cheer team has annually achieved Top 10 national rankings, and is perennially the top performing team at nationals in the Big Ten Conference.

St. John was among the first group of women to cheer at the University of Michigan in 1974. She received her B.S. in dental hygiene from Michigan in 1976. She lives in Ann Arbor and has four children, Sarah, Steven, Carter and Drake.

Fun Fact

St. John has four children. Her youngest, Drake, is a running back for the Michigan football team.

Career Highlights

  • 2013 NCA Champion
  • 2014 NCA Champion
  • 2015 NCA Champion
  • 31 Years at Michigan
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Assistant Coaches

Elisabeth Tyzo-DePaulis

Assistant Coach

Elisabeth Tyzo-DePaulis began as an assistant coach for the U-M cheerleading team in 2005. She was part of the coaching staff that helped guide U-M to three consecutive National Cheerleaders Association national championships from 2013-15. Included among her other coaching achievements are several top-five finishes at NCA Nationals.
Before she began coaching, Tyzo-DePaulis attended U-M and was a part of the cheer team from 2002-05. In 2004, she helped her team to a sixth-place finish at nationals. She earned her undergraduate degree and M.A. in education from Michigan and is a high school English teacher in Westland.

Dominic Haywood

Assistant Coach

Dominic Haywood has been with the Michigan cheer team as an assistant coach since 2013. He was part of the coaching staff that helped guide U-M to three consecutive National Cheerleaders Association national championships from 2013-15.
Haywood cheered at Michigan for two seasons (2011-13) and served as team captain as a senior (2012-13). In his senior season, Haywood was part of Michigan’s 2013 National Cheerleaders Association national championship team. He graduated from U-M in 2013 with a degree in earth and environmental sciences.

Grant Peterson

Assistant Coach

Grant Peterson joined the U-M cheerleading coaching staff in 2012 after cheering at Michigan for two years (2010-12). In his first three seasons on staff, he helped guide U-M to three consecutive National Cheerleaders Association national championships from 2013-15.
Peterson graduated from U-M in 2012 with a degree in general studies focusing on financial math and actuarial science. He cheered at events like the 2011 Gator Bowl, 2012 Sugar Bowl, “Under the Lights I” vs. Notre Dame and the Big Chill. His previous cheer experience includes three years at North Dakota State (2004-07). Peterson originally hails from Fargo, North Dakota, and currently resides in Ann Arbor. He works for Total Home Lending in Livonia, Michigan, as a residential loan officer.