When Netflix’s Cheer begins, Morgan Simianer is the second-year cheerleader whose spot on the team of 20 who will represent Navarro College at the National Championships isn’t yet secure. However, over the six-episode docuseries about the team’s prep for competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, Morgan keeps at it and steps up to the plate when another flyer is injured, and—spoiler alert—helps land her team yet another Championship title.
The TV show is already being celebrated by fans for the emphasis it puts on the athleticism of cheerleading, but it’s also left many wondering what happened to the members of the Navarro College cheer team, Morgan included, after the cameras stopped rolling.
Lucky for you, here’s everything you need to know about Morgan from Cheer and where she is now.
Originally from Wyoming, Morgan now lives with her grandparents in Texas.
In the series, Morgan opened up about the emotional journey that brought her from Wyoming to Texas. When she was a sophomore in high school, she and her brother, Wyatt, were forced to live in a trailer by themselves rather than with her dad, her stepmother and her three step siblings. After Wyatt turned 18, he decided to look for their mother, who they hadn’t seen since they were younger, and Morgan was left to live by herself. When her grandparents found out about the situation, they had her come live with them.
She called Navarro College head coach Monica Aldama her ‘second mom’ on Instagram.
For anyone who’s watched even one episode of Cheer, it’s obvious how much Monica’s support on and off the mat means to every member of the team. When Morgan got the chance to prove herself during cheerleading practices, its seems like it was a combination of her heart, courage, and Monica’s belief in her that gave her that extra boost she needed to shine.
“If Monica believes in me enough to put me in, then I should be able to trust myself,”Morgan says in the series. “I’d do anything for that woman.”
Morgan’s no longer cheering at Navarro College (womp womp).
At the end of Cheer, viewers saw Morgan make the (somewhat controversial) decision to stay at Navarro—a junior college—for another year. However, per her Instagram, it looks as though Morgan graduated in May.
Then, in November, Morgan posted a photo of herself with some of her Navarro teammates showing off their National Championship rings with the caption, “Tonight I cheered at my last Navarro football game it’s bittersweet. Im excited that I still have the rest of the year to make more memories❤️.”
Now, it looks like Morgan could be heading to Texas Tech, which is also (probably not coincidentally) where fellow Navarro cheerleadersAustin Bayles and Mackenzie “Sherbs” Sherburn are also now studying.
But she is currently dating a former MLB player.
Morgan and former Chicago Cubs player Brad Markey have been dating for more than a year, according to one of Brad’s Instagram posts from August 2019.
The couple also took arecent trip to New York City to celebrate the new year.
Morgan binge-watched the entire series the first night it came out.
In an interview with WFAA, Morgan said she started watching Cheer at 2 a.m. and then finished the series around 8 that morning. For Morgan, every second of the series was full of emotion. And while she “never in a million years picture my life being where it is right now,” she has been overwhelmed by the responses from fans.
“The amount of love that we’ve gotten and positivity is out the roof,” Morgan said.
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