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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 2014 captains of the Carolina Band Coquettes are Jillian Hayes and Lauren-Ashley McNichols.

Coquette Captains

Lauren-Ashley McNichols

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

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 2014 Carolina Band Coquettes

Lauren Burt

Kelsey Foster

Katilyn Giddens

Rachel Grenis

Amy Harrington

Jillian Hayes

Dawn Logg

Emily MacDaniel

Lauren McNichols

Kristen Olson

Kendyl Pennington

Caroline Santorum

Kristen Sawyer

Alyssa Shillingford

Mae-Ann Webb

Holly Williams