*Sharon Leal stars in the new CW series “Hellcats” that premieres on September 8 at 9 pm ET/PT.

The actress plays Vanessa Lodge, the head coach of the Hellcats, who must take the college cheerleading team to the championships in order to keep her job. The storyline follows her character’s love/hate relationship with the school’s football coach.

The actress’ past work includes David E. Kelley’s popular FOX series, “Boston Public,” in which she was a series regular for four seasons. She went on to star in several hit films such as “Dreamgirls,” “Why Did I Get Married,” “This Christmas,” Soul Men,” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?”

Scroll below for more photos of Sharon with the rest of the cast of “Hellcats” and a video trailer for “Hellcats”:

(from left) Sharon Leal as Vanessa, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah, Heather Hemmens as Alice (Photo by Jack Rowand)

"Hellcats" cast members (from left) Robbie Jones, Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Matt Barr and Sharon Leal (Photo by Evan Agostini)