The Coquettes are an elite and integral part of the Carolina Band. Members are selected
through a highly competitive audition process in the spring before each football season.
Members participate in all rehearsals and performances and receive a scholarship for
their participation in the Carolina Band.
The 2013 captains of the Carolina Band Coquettes are Meredith Melven and co-captain
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Lauren-Ashley McNichols, captain
Lauren-Ashley (LA) is a senior finance major in the Darla Moore School of Business
and has maintained a GPA of 3.6. Her minor is in sport and entertainment management.
A fourth-year member of the Carolina Coquettes team, she has been dancing for 15 years.
Although she grew up training and performing all types of styles, her favorite genre
is contemporary. LA says, “The best part of Coquettes is performing in front of over
81,000 loyal and cheering fans at Williams Brice Stadium.” She is in her second year
of leadership with the Coquette dance team and has successfully helped to transform
the team into one of the premiere collegiate precision-style dance teams in our nation.
Jillian Hayes, co-captain
Jillian She is a senior University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy major and
maintains a 3.8 GPA. She plans on specializing in pediatric oncology and working in
a children’s hospital after graduation. Jillian is a fourth-year member of the Carolina
Coquettes dance team and has been dancing for 16 years. She has trained in all styles
of dance, but her favorite genres are jazz and contemporary. Jillian says, “The best
part of Coquettes is the opportunity to dance in Williams Brice Stadium to sold-out
Gamecock crowds with all of my teammates.” Jillian was named co-captain for the fall
2014 Coquette dance team in February 2014.
The 2013 Carolina Band Coquettes