Melissa Poli started as assistant coach of the Sacred Heart University Cheerleading team in 2014. She has seven years of experience as a Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Staff Instructor and Judge.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and minor in Psychology from SHU in 2014. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management in 2015. During her time at SHU, she became a founding sister of Chi Omega Fraternity.
Poli was a member of the Sacred Heart competitive cheerleading team for three years and placed 10th during her senior year in 2014 at NCA Nationals.
As an assistant coach, she contributed to the Pioneers’ sixth-place finish at the 2015 and 2018 UCA Nationals, the highest placement in program history.
Poli is currently employed at Barnum Financial Group in Shelton, CT as a Human Resources Consultant.