SAN MARCOS, Texas --Two squads. One team.

The University of Wyoming Spirit Squad is the team behind the team, always out supporting University of Wyoming athletics. The team is comprised of a large coed squad, a small coed squad and the beloved Pistol Pete mascot. The team consists of over 30 diverse, skilled and passionate members who support the Wyoming football, basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams. The Spirit Squad is proud to support all home games, and select away games, by creating crowd enthusiasm and raising school spirit and loyalty to the Cowboys and Cowgirls. When not on the field or court cheering on their teams, you can find the spirit program participating in a variety of alumni, community and charitable events.

We, at 7220sports.com, would like the fans to get to know the members of the Spirit Squad, so during football season our sideline photographer, DJ Johnson, will post a weekly article that highlights two members and provides in depth coverage on what it’s like to be a member of the Spirit Squad. You will also learn personal details of what it takes to be on the squad as well as some of the members favorite things and memorable moments. The weekly article will be title “Spirit Spotlight”, so be sure to check back every week to meet more team members.

For the opening week of the 2019 football season, we introduce you to senior, Jarrett Hatch:

Hometown: Johnstown, Colo.,
Year: Senior (5th Year)
Major: Communications/Spanish

Q: What is your favorite part of being a member of the University of Wyoming’s Spirit Squad?
A: Stunting, I really appreciate that aspect of the sport.

Q: Laramie, Wyoming is a pretty small town for a guy from Colorado. What is your favorite thing about living in Laramie?
A: The town is a great place to live, there are a lot of nice people and Laramie has a great atmosphere. When I moved to Laramie, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I’ve really grown to love the town.

Q: What has been your single most memorable experience while being a member of the Spirt Squad?
A: It would have to be when we traveled to San Diego in 2016 to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, where we took on BYU. It was a great experience for both our football team, and for our Spirit Squad. It was a great chance for our team to connect and grow and truly enjoy a fun road trip to the west coast.

Q: What advice would you give to a 12-year old who has aspirations of becoming a member of a Division I cheer/spirit squad?
A: I’d tell them to focus on their skills, it’s really important to be able to perform at a high level. As equally as important, is to ensure they perform well academically. A lot of what goes into being a spirt squad member happen behind the scenes and there are a lot of standards that have to be met, as well as team obligations that must be met.

Q: What song will instantly put you in a good mood?
A: The Climb by Miley Cyrus

Q: If I were to give you two plane tickets anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you take?
A: My brother, and we’d go to Ireland.

Q: If you could go to dinner with any celebrity/athlete, who would it be and why?
A: Von Miller. He’s a pretty eccentric dude and an interesting guy, and it would be fun to spend an evening at dinner with him.

Q: What is one thing that people may find interesting about you, that most people aren’t aware of?
A: I never cheered in high school. Cheerleading was actually something I picked up when I first came to the University of Wyoming, and have now been cheering or five years.

Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite athlete: Lebron James
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite Animal: Bear
Favorite quote: “I’m a simple man, I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food.” - Ron Swanson
Favorite hobby: Cheerleading
One thing I couldn’t live without: My mom
Have you ever ridden a horse? No
Do you know who Chancey Williams is? No