Mary Ann Powers enters her 19th season as Head Coach for Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling in 2016. Powers has coached at several levels including Pop-Warner, All-Star level 6 squads and at the university level.
Her greatest career achievement lies in her success with Quinnipiac University, where the team has remained a top-ten nationally ranked team since 2005. Their personal-best finish was fifth place finish in All-Girl Division I in 2007. In 2009, Powers became one of the founding coaches of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) and led the Bobcats to the NCATA Championship Semifinals in each year of the association's existence before falling in the quarterfinals in 2015.
She is the founder and co-director of the Quinnipiac University Annual Cheer and Dance Challenge which typically draws 110 teams of all ages and levels. In conjunction with the event, Powers has raised over $80,000 for charities such as the March of Dimes, the Make a Wish Foundation, The Tommy Fund, and Jimmy V Foundation.
She is also a USA Gymnastics certified coach.
In college, Powers cheered for Southern Connecticut from 1978-82 and served as team captain in her junior and senior seasons.
Biography written by Quinnipiac University Athletic Communications