Fourteenth-year head coach Jody Brill started the cheerleading program at Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2000 in conjunction with the college's first season of intercollegiate football. The cheerleading squad has performed at all home football games for the Warriors, and select away games, since 2001.
Brill was inducted into the inaugural Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Hall of Fame in October of 2012. The Warriors cheer coach was one of five members to be inducted. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those involved in cheer who have contributed to or worked to advance the sport of cheerleading. In representing district four, Brill's goals were to help the sport of cheerleading gain recognition, provide a quality state competition, educate coaches about safety, and gain the WIAA's endorsement.
For more than 20 years, she has been involved with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA). Brill has held classes across the state of Wisconsin for coaches at the junior through college level who wish to become safety certified.
Brill also conducts a youth cheerleading camp every summer for many of the area youth cheerleading programs. Cheerleaders in attendance learn new cheers, safe stunting, teambuilding, sportsmanship, and many other elements to be a great cheerleader. Brill also works with many area cheer teams helping them learn the fundamentals of cheerleading and stunting.
Brill is an accomplished cheerleading judge, having judged both the state high school cheerleading championships and the national championships in Orlando, Fla. Brill began teaching a nine-week cheerleading coaching course at Wisconsin Lutheran in the spring of 2004 that focuses on all elements of being a cheer coach, including safety, holding tryouts and team building. Also, the Milwaukee Bucks tapped into Brill's experience for their high school and junior high school cheerleading and dance competitions by hiring her as competition director and consultant for each event. Brill has also been a speaker for the state cheerleaders association (WACPC) coaches' conference.
Prior to her Wisconsin Lutheran appointment, Brill was the winningest coach of an all-girls cheerleading squad in the state of Wisconsin, with her unprecedented run at New Berlin Eisenhower High School. During an 11-year stretch (1990-2000), Brill's cheerleading squads claimed five state championships (1993-1994, 1997-1999) and finished as runners-up the other six years. The 1999-2000 school year marked her 16th and final year as Eisenhower's cheerleading coach for football and basketball.
Although she relinquished her cheerleading duties at Eisenhower when she started the program for the Warriors, she continues there full-time as a special education paraprofessional working with cognitively and physically disabled students. Her service includes time with students in the classroom and in the community where they can learn daily living and vocational skills.
Brill and her husband, John, currently reside in New Berlin.