Hometown: Big Springs, Neb.
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Miranda "Mandi" Maser was officially introduced as Head Dance and Cheer Coach in July 2016. She also serves Concordia as Athletic Business Coordinator.
In 2020-21, Maser completed her fifth season leading the cheer and dance programs, which compete in the second semester of each school year and also appear regularly at many other Bulldog athletic events. Maser earned GPAC Cheer Coach of the Year honors in 2020. On the dance side of things, Concordia made a big step forward by placing fourth out of 10 teams at the 2020 NAIA Northwest Regional Qualifier. Then in 2021, the Bulldogs enjoyed their best seasons of competition in the short history of the program. The cheer and dance teams improved their average scoring significantly while turning place finishes of fourth in the GPAC for both (fifth in the region for dance).
Maser, who owns United States All-Star Federation (USASF) credentialing for levels one through five tumbling and stunting as well as membership in the Federation, has held several roles related to dance and cheer instruction. She is certified by The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA).
As artistic director at Pure Movement Dance Institute in Lincoln, Maser helped grow participation from 50 students to approximately 400. While continuing to teach in the studio, she independently contracted additional choreography opportunities in the Lincoln Public Schools system, the Lincoln Community Playhouse, the TADA Theatre as well as additional high schools in central Nebraska. She has choreographed approximately 44 sold out musicals, many of which were regional premieres.
In addition, Maser served as adjunct professor for a fellow GPAC school for four years, instructing dance, specifically, jazz, modern, improvisation, creative movement and tap through the athletic program. She has also choreographed competition routines for local, state and national competitions for teams at Lincoln Public Schools, Crete High School and for high schools in Colorado and Iowa. From November 2014 through July 2016, Maser also worked as office services manager for the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.
Maser holds a bachelor of fine arts in dance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mandi has a son Sam.
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
Alma Mater: Midland University
Emilie Ashenbach joined the Concordia University Cheer and Dance staff beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Ashenbach previously spent four years as a cheer captain for the Midland University dance team. In the summer of 2021, Ashenbach was promoted from a graduate assistant to a full-time role as Assistant Cheer & Dance Coach. In addition, she also serves Concordia Athletics as the Athletic Department Ticket Coordinator.
While a Warrior, Ashenbach twice earned All-America status in cheer. She graduated from Midland with a bachelor’s of human performance exercise science and a minor in coaching. Ashenbach earned a master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia. She helped the Bulldogs improve considerably in 2021 when they increased their competition scores significantly as compared to the previous season.
Emilie is the daughter of Brett and Lisa Ashenbach. She has a sister named Mikaela.