Written by Dan Teleski, Gannon University Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations
ERIE, Pa. - Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk has named Jacquie Eshleman as the University's head acrobatics and tumbling coach. Eshleman becomes the third head coach in program history. She replaces Chevonne White, who resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector.
Eshleman comes to Gannon after a highly-successful four-year stint at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. After starting the program from scratch in 2014, she led the Battlers to a pair of Elite Eight appearances during the program's four-year history. Eshleman was named National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Coach of the Year after helping Alderson Broaddus advance to the Elite Eight during its second year of existence.
"I feel very honored and excited to become part of Gannon University," said Eshleman. "The support offered for both student-athletes and staff members is amazing. I feel very blessed. Coach White established a talented program and I look forward to expanding its success while emphasizing a positive student-athlete experience in line with the values of Gannon University."
Eshleman has a pair of individual event national championships and three all-america awards on her Alderson Broaddus resume. During their second year of competition in 2015, the Battlers claimed their first national championship in the seven-element acro event. In 2016, Alderson Broaddus claimed its second national title with a 9.90 score in the open toss event.
Several individual student-athletes excelled under Eshleman's guidance, including 2017 Alderson Broaddus Female Athlete of the Year Alia Nolan who became a three-time NCATA All-American (2015-17). Alanna Kelley was named the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year in 2017. In addition, six Battlers were named to the All-ECAC team.
"We are delighted to welcome Jacquie to the Gannon family," said Goddard McGuirk. "Her experience as a successful head coach and commitment to the student-athlete experience will provide our acrobatics and tumbling program with the leadership needed to continue its positive momentum in every facet."
Eshleman had her Alderson Broaddus program working at a high level in the classroom as the Battlers maintained a 3.0 team grade point average on a consistent level during her tenure. Individually, nine student-athletes earned Academic All-ECAC honors this past season.
Prior to Alderson Broaddus, Eshleman served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac (Conn.) University for two seasons. In 2012, she tutored the first two All-Americans in program history and helped coach the pyramid event teams, which eventually became an individual event national champion. During the 2011 season, Eshleman helped the Bobcats advance to the national semifinals while her team produced the highest scoring basket in the country.
The Feeding Hills, Mass., native began her collegiate career at Kennesaw State (Ga.) University where she earned all-america status as a competitive cheer student-athlete during the 2007-08 campaign. The Owls placed third and fourth respectively at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championships during her two seasons in the program.
Eshleman then moved to the University of Oregon to compete as a member of the Ducks' inaugural acrobatics and tumbling team in 2009-10, helping the program finish third at the national championships. Eshleman graduated from Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2010.