WSU Spirit Coaches
Chris Opheim joined Washington State Athletics as Spirit Coordinator/Head Cheer Coach in the summer of 2012.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Opheim spent the previous four years as the all-star coordinator, head cheer coach and tumbling coach for the Arkansas Airborne in Fayetteville, Ark. With the Airborne, Opheim was responsible for training and developing the skills of all the squads and all-star levels, training all levels of tumbling classes, planning competition and practice schedules for all squads, choreographing nationally competitive all-star cheerleading routines and recruiting prospective members.
A member of the Universal Cheerleaders Association since June, 2004, Opheim served as a head instructor, college instructor, a member of the core instructional staff and a national's judge. In that capacity he coordinated and organized summer cheer camps, provided professional development for high school cheerleading coaches and served a judge for the college cheer and dance nationals and head judge of the National High School Cheerleading Championship.
Opheim started his collegiate career at Northern Iowa where he was a cheerleader from 2004-05. He later cheered at Arkansas from 2005-08 where he served as cheer team captain in 2007 and 2008. Opheim graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 2003 and received his degree in communication from Arkansas in 2008.About Maggie Kazemba
Maggie Kazemba, a Spokane native, is in her second season as Head Coach of the Washington State University Crimson Girl Dance Team. Maggie is also in her sixth season as the Spokane Shock Dance Team Director. After her first season as Dance Team Director, the Spokane Shock Dance Team was selected as the best Dance Team in the af2.
Maggie is the current choreographer of the West Valley High School Dance Team, a team that has been named the top in the state for the past eight years, and has been choreographing and instructing dance for over a decade in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. In 2010, Maggie opened her own dance studio in the Spokane Valley, Spokane Elite Dance Studio, instructing dancers of all ages in jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and cheer. A Washington State University Honors College graduate (December 2009, with a Masters in Architecture), Maggie was the Captain of the WSU Crimson Girl Dance Team winning three national titles with her team. In 2008, Maggie was named Sports Illustrated Cheerleader of the Week after performing at the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additionally, Maggie has over 16 years of professional training in ballet, jazz and hip hop. Maggie was a dance instructor for Universal Dance Association.
Maggie currently lives in Spokane with her husband Brian and their son.