Release Written by Bill Powers, Hawaii Pacific University Sports Information Director
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawai'i Pacific University Executive Director of Athletics Vince Baldemor announced the appointment of Haley Garelick as the Sharks new Acrobatics and Tumbling head coach.
Garelick was an assistant for national runner-up Oregon last season.
"Haley Garelick is a rising star in this young sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling," said Baldemor. "She had an outstanding career as a student-athlete, was a national champion and has been a part of a great A&T program as both a student-athlete and coach."
"I am honored to be selected HPU's new head Acrobatics & Tumbling coach," said Garelick. "The opportunity to build on such a strong and already established program is exciting."
"My goal is to create a positive and motivating environment where student-athletes can succeed both on and off the mat. Being a collegiate student-athlete is very special and graduating is of the utmost importance."
Garelick was an assistant with Oregon for the 2016-17 season after competing for the Ducks for two seasons starting in 2014. As an assistant she helped coach two All-Americans as Oregon finished as the national team runner-up at the 2017 NCATA Championships.
She started her career as a student-athlete at Gannon (Pa.), competing in its inaugural season as a freshman and winning an Event National Title in seven-element acro for GU at the 2014 NCATA Finals as a sophomore.
Garelick transferred to Oregon for her junior and senior seasons where she competed in numerous elements including compulsory toss, compulsory pyramid, acro heat 5, pyramid heat 3, and the team event. She qualified for NCATA Event Finals in acro heat 5 and pyramid heat 3 in 2016. She helped the Ducks finish as national runners-up in 2015 and 2016.
Garelick received her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2016 from Oregon. She is pursuing a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia Irvine and is on pace to graduate in December.
A native of Valencia, Calif., Garelick is the daughter of David and Debbie Garelick. She was the captain of her cheer team at Hart High School, and competed for the California Flyers All-Stars until 2010.
Garelick is the second head coach for Acro-Tumbling at HPU. She follows Keenyn Won who was named the head coach at Oregon last month.
"I'm excited to implement a new and creative perspective that will help take this program to the next level," added Garelick.