Former University of Oregon student-athlete and two-time National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championship team member Keenyn Won has rejoined the Ducks' acrobatics and tumbling program as head coach, Director of Athletics Rob Mullens announced Thursday.
Won, a member of UO's first acrobatics and tumbling team in 2010, returns to Eugene after starting the varsity program at Hawaii Pacific University, where she served as head coach since 2014.
"We are excited to welcome Keenyn back to UO," Mullens said. "She has distinguished herself as a proven leader in acrobatics and tumbling, and her commitment to the student-athlete experience matches our values. Oregon acro has a bright future ahead with Keenyn leading the program."
Won compiled an overall mark of 17-14-0 in four seasons at the helm for HPU, earning NCATA Coach of the Year honors in 2014. Hawaii Pacific made back-to-back trips to the NCATA semifinals in 2015 and 2016, and this past spring the Sharks matched a program best with six wins (6-2-0).
"Coming back to the University of Oregon to coach the sport I love is a surreal feeling," Won said. "Oregon Athletics provides several amazing opportunities for our student-athletes on and off the mat, and I can't wait to be a part of that. I am beyond excited to continue our traditions at Oregon while building a strong, family oriented culture. We have big goals in mind for this team, and I know together with the support of the Duck community we will be able to achieve great things. GO DUCKS!"
During her tenure at HPU, Won guided eight student-athletes to All-American honors and coached the 2016 NCATA Most Valuable Player and 2017 NCATA Newcomer of the Year.
Won defeated her alma mater during the regular season in 2015, notching the then second-year program's biggest win to date.
After helping launch UO's program as a student-athlete in 2010, Won was part of the Ducks' first two NCATA National Championship teams in 2011 and 2012. All told, she won five individual NCATA national titles during her three seasons at Oregon.
Won graduated from UO in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Prior to enrolling at Oregon, Won excelled as a competitive cheerleader on her native Oahu, where she was a four-time Hawaii High School Athletics Association (HHSAA) all-state first-team choice for Kamehameha-Kapalama High School. As a senior, she was named HHSAA Cheerleader of the Year.