UTSA Cheer



Gabriel Ortiz
Spirit Coordinator/Head Coach

Ortiz, who is on his 11th season coaching, comes to San Antonio from Las Cruces, New Mexico. He most recently was the head coach at Las Cruces high school where he led his team to multiple state championships throughout his time there. Ortiz was focused on growing the sport and heightening the level at which cheerleading was at in New Mexico. His previous teams have also been successful and hold various regional, state, and national titles. Ortiz’s focus has always been creating the whole athlete, not just the competitive one. His teams have always focused on academics, promoting school spirit and being highly involved within the community. Coach Ortiz has spent over a decade doing skills training and choreography for teams all across the country. He holds various certifications through NCA and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators and continues to learn more about his sport. Ortiz earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and history and was previously a second grade teacher.