Who are the Maverick Maniacs?

Inside the secret group of yell leaders


Brooke Criswell
Online Content Editor

Some college students may feel like they are maniacs when balancing various activities but there is a
group on campus that claims they are the one and only Maverick Maniacs.

Students may see bodies in full black body suits with a tint of red at sporting events acting crazy like maniacs cheering on UNO athletics. While the identities of the ten members are kept a secret, the group surely likes to be recognized.

“We like to conceal our identities because it adds a bit of mystery to our group,” Joe Hagerty, student involved in Maverick Maniacs, said. “A person is more likely to do the things asked of them or follow a symbol than just a normal person. We help people satisfy their inner desire to act crazy by representing ourselves a symbol.”

Hagerty’s best friend from high school was a friend with the Maniacs and since Hagerty and his friend are both energetic he asked the founders if they could join. They were more than happy to add them to the group and history was made. The group has been around since 2011.

Just last spring they became an official student organization after registering with the student activities office. That allows them all the rights of a student organization and to be sponsored by the university.

The group tries to plan ahead for the bigger sports such as soccer, basketball and hockey.

“We like all sports but we like cheering at soccer the most because we have the band that goes to the games and they set the mood for fans to want to cheer,” Hagerty said. “The band is a very energetic group with a lot of charisma, so they love cheering which makes our job easier”

They also like hockey because of the established tradition and the Red Army following their cheers too.

Recently, the Maniacs did recruiting at the New Student Convocation and the involvement fair during Durango Days and have over 50 recruits who will go through training and be admitted to the group.

Overall, they are considered “yell leaders” which gives them to right to cheer loud and act crazy for the

“We love acting crazy and shouting at the top of our lungs,” Hagerty said. “It stirs up those endorphins and adrenaline and gets us energized.”