Athletics: Cheer

Cheerleading tryouts are held in April. The cheer squad performs at all home football and basketball games. The squad competes at the local, state and national level and has won several national championships. Contact Tracy Downs at



1st Place St. Athanasius Competition
1st Place Mercy Academy Competition
Jamfest National Champion

2nd place America's Best
KAPOS District Winner
Jamfest National Champion

1st Place Jamfest Game Day
2nd Place America's Best Nashville
2nd Place Jamfest Game Day Spirit Bowl

2nd place Jamfest Game Day
1st place and GRAND CHAMPION America's Best Cheer

Jamfest Nationals Champion and Grand Champion Intermediate Varsity


Jamfest Gameday 1st Place Small Varsity Co Ed


Three NCA All Americans

Presentation Academy 1st Place Small Varsity Co Ed

NCA National Champion Small Intermediate Co Ed




Head Coach Bio...

Cheer Coach Tracy Downs

Head Coach Tracy Downs

Tracy Downs has been coaching cheerleading for fourteen years. She was the former coach for St. Gregory before taking the head coaching position at Bethlehem High School in 2007. Tracy is also the Cheerleading Program Director and head coach of the National Champion Senior Team for the competitive Bardstown All Stars program located at Blue Ribbon Sports Center. Tracy is USAG safety certified, a certified competition judge, a certified tumbling coach, and is a KHSAA Varsity cheer judge.

Tracy is proud to be affiliated with such great cheer programs. The Bethlehem High School cheerleaders have had great success, winning two back-to-back Jamfest National Championships in 2009 and 2010 as well as winning America's Best Grand Champion in 2012. Many students from Bethlehem cheer in college, such as Bellarmine, St. Catharine College, and Centre College.

A graduate of Nelson County High School and Western Kentucky University, Tracy is married to Jaime Downs, who is an assistant basketball coach at Bethlehem. They have a daughter named Kenley, who is also a cheerleader. They are members of the First Christian Church in Bardstown.

Contact Tracy Downs at


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