As a former Maryland Terrapins and Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, Fleece brings passion and persistence to the Terps' competitive team. After 12 years at the helm of the Terrapin Spirit Squad and two years leading the competitive team, she returned in 2008 to lend her experience to the ground-breaking team.
Aside from helping to coach the competitive cheer team, the 1991 Maryland graduate, co-owns the Baltimore-based Spirit Unlimited Cheer and Dance Company. The company, started in 1999, hosts camps, clinics and competitions for the region's top cheerleading squads and performers. Fleece is the Director of Summer Camps and oversees marketing and after-school programs. She is currently taking classes to become a Certified Life Coach and will be finished in the spring.
Over the years, Fleece has played a monumental role in growth of Maryland. Under her tutelage, the Spirit Squad placed in the top 10 in each of the last five National Cheerleading Association national competitions. The all-girl team won the National All-Girl Collegiate Championships in 1999, the co-ed team a fourth-place finish in 2001 and to two sixth-place finishes in 1998 and most recently in 2002. Fleece captained the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading squad during the 1999-2000 season. The following year, she joined the coaching staff to serve as the Game Day Coach. It was during her time as a coach that the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001.
Prior to becoming a Ravens cheerleader, Fleece worked as a sales representative for Cheerleader/Danzteam and for the National Cheerleaders Association. While working with Cheerleader/Danzteam from 1996-2000, she organized cheer clinics, coach's clinics and summer camps, in addition to marketing and selling cheerleading merchandise to surrounding high schools. As Supersquads State Director for NCA, Fleece managed statewide youth after school programs, organized and coordinated cheer/dance clinics and competitions and choreographed material for nationwide curriculum.
While attending Maryland from 1988-1991, Fleece cheered three years with the varsity co-ed squad. She was captain junior and senior years, choreographing routines and leading the squad to the Universal Cheerleading Association Nationals. Her time and effort paid off, as she was named a NCA Collegiate All-American three times. Also during that time, Fleece worked as an instructor for the NCA from 1986-1991, working primarily with camps, clinics and judging local competitions.
She left the area from June 2006 to June 2008 to move her family to south Florida. She and her husband, former Maryland football player Rick Fleece, live in Howard County with their three children, Hailey, 13, Alexandra, 10, and Trey, 6.