When Felecia Mulkey came to Baylor in June 2014, athletics director Ian McCaw said, “Felecia Mulkey is an exceptional leader and coach who will build a championship A&T program at Baylor. She is committed to developing her student-athletes to reach their potential and will afford our team with a high quality experience." Truer words were never spoken.
After guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships in five years, Mulkey, in her first season as Baylor’s head coach, guided the Bears to the program’s first NCATA national championship, defeating the defending champion Oregon Ducks three times en route to the crown. The Bears posted a program-best 11-0 record. Sophomore Kiara Nowlin, freshman Shayla Moore and senior Keegan Johnson received 2015 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association All-America honors and the Bears claimed eight event titles. In addition, Nowlin was named the 2015 NCATA Most Outstanding Player and Moore earned Freshman of the Year recognition.
In her six seasons as a head coach, Mulkey, a native of Atlanta, Ga., has an overall record of 54-3 while winning five national titles, 38 event titles, coached 14 student-athletes to All-America honors with three earning athlete of the year awards.
Off the mat, Mulkey works tirelessly in growing the sport of acrobatics and tumbling. She continues to play a key role in the progression of acrobatics & tumbling's effort to gain NCAA sport status. Prior to the 2010-11 season, Mulkey was a catalyst in developing the scoring format that is currently in practice in acrobatics and tumbling meets.
Prior to her stint at Oregon, Mulkey built the Kennesaw State competitive cheer program into a national powerhouse. The Owls finished fourth in the 2008 All-Women's Division I Collegiate Championships after capturing national titles in 2004 and 2005.
Mulkey, a 1998 Kennesaw State health and exercise science graduate, oversaw the development of a program that finished no worse than third nationally from 2001 through 2007. Her success resulted in the program ascending to the Division I level in 2006.
Prior to transferring and taking over the head coaching reins at the Kennesaw, Ga., school in May 1997, Mulkey cheered for two years at Southern Union State (Wadley, Ala.), and led the Bison to an eighth-place national finish in 1995.
In addition to directing the Owls' spirit and competitive programs, Mulkey served as the school's sports operations director from 2007-2008 as well as the sports marketing and promotions director from 2000-06.
Biography written by Baylor University Athletic Communications