Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leading the Cheers! 2008 Squad Announced

Introducing the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders…After three intense weeks of tryouts, the most promising cheerleading squad in franchise history has taken shape with 32 beautiful and talented women


It took three weeks of intense tryouts to produce the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

Last year, members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders visited Hawaii, Australia, South America and numerous other points on the compass, spreading good will, cheer and Buccaneer spirit whenever and wherever possible.

And it all started in a local gymnasium. Before any young woman can represent the Buccaneers on the sideline and in locales near and far, she must make her case for inclusion on the squad through three arduous weeks of tryouts. Last year's 30 Buccaneers Cheerleaders squad was formed in this manner, as was every team before it.

The most recent tryouts concluded late Thursday night. Will this squad be as impressive as those that came before them?

Without a doubt. The team has chosen 32 remarkable women to form the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, forming its promising crew yet. The announcement was made at noon on Friday, after the 51 finalists spent the previous two days showing off their skills.

"This team has a lot to live up to after some of the amazing squads we've had in recent years," said Sandy Charboneau, the Bucs' cheerleading manager. "But I have no doubt that it will. We had an unbelievably talented group of women at the tryouts this year, and even though that made it tougher than ever to chose the final squad, that also meant that we ended up with the cream of the crop. I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the best cheerleading squad in the NFL in 2008."

Of the 32 women who comprise this year's cheerleading squad, 20 are returning veterans and 12 are newcomers. The rookies on the squad range from a surgical dental assistant to an interior design coordinator. There are also six returning cheerleaders who have been on the team for at least four years running, including sixth-year veterans Tomoko Kojima and Jennifer Summers

As always, the tryout, interview and selection process was arduous for all involved. It was necessary, however, as the field of applicants this spring was particularly impressive. Potential Buccaneers Cheerleaders know that making the squad can be a life-changing experience, considering the many activities outside of game day in which the team engages. In addition, those who make the squad often end up with life-long friendships with their new teammates. Thus, the competition was fierce; in the end, the perfect team was formed.

So, without further ado, let us introduce the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders:

2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
Squad StatusOccupation
Ashley Agan23RookiePersonnel Coordinator
Marlana Aref19RookieBiology Major
Lisa Banspach202 Year VeteranEducation Major
Maria Cartagena244 Year VeteranAccount Executive
Tonilynn Coker23RookieMortgage Modification Analyst
Corinne Colon21RookieAdvertising Major
Britney Craine244 Year VeteranBusiness Owner
Stephanie Crawley27RookieSurgical Dental Assistant
Timra Drayton18RookieLiberal Arts Major
Milly Figuereo283 Year VeteranMarketing Assistant
Ayae Hamanaka26RookieChemistry Graduate from Japan
Barbara Hancock204 Year VeteranCommunication Major
Jaime Hanna232 Year VeteranDental Hygienist
Tiffany Jimenez203 Year VeteranLiberal Arts Major
Kelli Jones302 Year VeteranPromotions Producer
Tomoko Kojima306 Year VeteranEconomics Graduate from Japan
Ashley Kowal252 Year VeteranHuman Resource Recruiter
Kristin McTaggart21RookieJournalism Major
Lauren Rasys21RookieInterior Design Coordinator
Ashton Rel212 Year VeteranAccounting Major
Lori Rumberg293 Year VeteranPrivate Investigator
Sahara Sears203 Year VeteranPublic Relations Major
Holly Sellers212 Year VeteranElementary Education Major
Taylor Shine232 Year VeteranSales Consultant
Tramane Shuler223 Year VeteranPhysical Therapy Major
Susan Stein22RookieMarketing Major
Roseanne Strobel21RookieElementary Education Major
Jennifer Summers266 Year VeteranMass Communications Major
Sara Tetzler182 Year VeteranLiberal Arts Major
Jessica Trainham22RookieMass Communications Major
Erin Verdel222 Year VeteranStaffing Recruiter
Rachel Watson224 Year VeteranElementary Education Major

The tryout process began in March with a handful of voluntary workshops, with 350 women forming the original field of candidates. Returning veterans joined the audition process this past Sunday, after two eliminations on Saturday had pared the field from its original total to 100. That group was narrowed down to 51 finalists by Sunday afternoon during group auditions. One-on-one auditions followed.

The 32 women selected to be 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders will soon begin a year of unique and rewarding experiences. While the cheerleaders' main purpose is to entertain Buccaneers fans at home games at Raymond James Stadium, the role has expanded significantly in recent seasons. Buccaneers Cheerleaders have made several high-profile trips to such locations as Australia, California, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Korea and Hawaii. Members of the squad have appeared in magazine photo spreads and on nationally-televised shows and made countless appearances at community events around the Bay area and beyond. Each year, the team produces an extremely popular swimsuit calendar.

Indeed, there are many exciting days ahead over the next year for the 32 women who became 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders on Friday. For now, just seeing their name on the list above is excitement enough.

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