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Michelle Deets is a retired Spanish teacher and former coach for the varsity dance team at Highland High School.  Under her coaching direction at Highland, Deets boasted over 25 IDTA state titles in the Pom Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical categories, as well as 2 IHSA state titles.  In 2011 Deets was named to the Illinois Drill Team Association Hall of Fame, which recognized her contributions as a coach and her leadership qualities.  Deets has been a member of IDTA since 1992, and has served as the President of IDTA since 2008.  She served as the IDTA Secretary for ten years prior to that.  In 2016 Deets became a part of the judging team for IDTA, and serves as a certified tabulator.  Deets has served as the head coach of the SIUE Competitive Dance Team program since 2008, and oversees the SIUE Competitive Cheerleaders. 

Contact Coach Deets regarding specific requirements for cheer and/or dance tryouts, questions about the cheer and/or dance program, and any SIUE cheer or dance related questions.   Email:  michelledeets@idta.org







Emily Kersting has been dancing since the age of 4, training in various styles including jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical/contemporary, and hip hop.  She attended Highland High School participating in cheerleading her freshman year and dance team her last 3 years of high school.  Emily attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was a member of the Illini Dance Team, as well as various club dance groups.  She has choreographed award-winning lyrical, jazz, and pom/dance routines for local high schools in southern Illinois.  Emily has also been a member of the judging staff for the Illinois Drill Team Association.   Emily has coached the SIUE Dance Team since 2010 and also works for the Boeing Company in St. Louis.








Jill Crabtree has been involved with dance since the age of 5. Throughout her childhood, she danced competitively for Classical Dance Academy in Pekin, IL from the age of five until she graduated from high school. During her time there, she was trained in jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical/contemporary. In addition to her time spent in the studio, she was a four-year member of the Pekin Community High School dance team. In her college career, she was a four-year member of the SIUE Dance team, serving as captain her senior year. Jill graduated from SIUE in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and now works as a Recruiter for Kforce Professional Staffing in St. Louis.







Casey Driemeyer has been a part of the cheer world since 1998.  She cheered for three years for Highland High School in Highland, IL then went on to The Broadcast Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  From there, Casey used her love of music to mix cheer routine music for Highland Varsity, JV and Middle School, Breese Central High School and Lebanon High School.  For seven years she continued to be an assistant coach for Highland Varsity until she accepted the coaching position for the non-competitive football cheer program at Highland in April 2010. In the fall of 2010, Casey was offered the coaching position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she started the competitive cheer program when SIUE made the transition to Division 1.  Casey is a stylist at Tru Design in Highland, IL.  When she is not coaching, Casey enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.







Chris Salvatori began his collegiate cheerleading career in the fall of 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He was a 3-time Varsity “I” letter winner during the 3 seasons he was a member of the Illinois squad.  He was awarded the Illinois Loyalty Award for Illinois Cheerleading following the 2009-2010 season.  Chris was a member of the football coaching staff for Newman Central Catholic High School’s 2010 Class 2A state championship team and 2011 Class 2A state quarterfinalist team.  He was an assistant coach for Newman’s 2011-2012 competitive cheer team that qualified for both the IHSA and ICCA state competitions.  He joined the SIUE competitive cheer team coaching staff during the fall of 2014.  He focuses on technique for partner/group stunting, baskets, and pyramids.   Chris is also a mechanical engineer who works for the Boeing Company in St. Louis.