University of Nebraska Spirit Squad Staff
Spirit Squad Head Coach
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Erynn Butzke has served as Nebraska's Spirit Squad Head Coach since 2011. In her role, she directs the Cheer Squad, Scarlets Dance Team and Mascot program and oversees their performances in more than 200 events each season.
The mission of the Nebraska Spirit Squad is to unify students, alumni and fans in support of the University of Nebraska and its athletes. The talented and dedicated members of Nebraska's spirit program motivate and entertain the crowd, promote school spirit and represent the university at campus and community events. They perform at athletic events and serve as ambassadors for the Athletic Department and the University of Nebraska by attending numerous community and philanthropic events each year.
Butzke was a member of the Scarlets Dance Team from 2000 to 2003, placing second in Division 1A Jazz at UDA College Nationals in 2001. After college she spent a year cheering for the Denver Broncos and coaching the Fossil Ridge High School Dance Team in Fort Collins, Colo. Butzke returned to Nebraska after performing as a dancer, choreographer and director for several college, high school and community dance groups including Los Angeles based--Diavolo II and the Omaha Moving Company.
Butzke earned her bachelor's degree in English from Nebraska in 2003.
Spirit Squad Manager
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Marlon Lozano officially joined the Nebraska Athletic Department staff as spirit squad manager in August of 2008.
Before becoming a full-time staff member in the athletic department, Lozano served as a volunteer assistant to the Spirit Squad since his graduation from the University of Nebraska in 1994. During his time as an undergraduate, Lozano spent three years as a member of the Spirit Squad as a mascot.
Lozano's final year on the squad was the year Lil' Red was introduced, and Lozano was one of two Spirit Squad members to serve as the original Lil' Red. Upon his graduation, he became an adviser in the University's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, a position he held for 14 years.
A native of San Salvador, El Salvador, Lozano came to Lincoln in 1981. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in December of 1994. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Nico and Teddy.