Athletics News

  • Presbyterian College Adds Acrobatics and Tumbling to become NCATA's 22nd Member
    December 14, 2017
    CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College and Director of Athletics Danny Sterling and Dr. Renee Baumgartner, President of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), announced Thursday the addition of Acrobatics & Tumbling to the college's athletic department and the appointment of Amber King as the program's first head coach.
  • Limestone College Adds Acrobatics & Tumbling to Become 21st Member of the NCATA
    November 09, 2017
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – Limestone College Athletics Department and Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino and National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association President Dr. Renee Baumgartner have announced the addition of acrobatics & tumbling as the 26th sponsored varsity sport with competition set to begin during the 2019 season.
  • Baylor's Hope Bravo Selected to USA Gymnastics Senior Elite Trampoline & Tumbling National Team
    October 05, 2017
    WACO, Texas – Baylor University junior-transfer Hope Bravo was named to the 2017 USA Gymnastics Senior Elite Trampoline & Tumbling National Team, becoming the first student-athlete in the history of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) to compete at the World Championships, which will take place on Nov. 9-19 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Gannon University to Host 2018 NCATA National Championships from April 26-28
    September 26, 2017
    ERIE, Pa. - The National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) has awarded hosting rights for its 2018 national championships scheduled for April 26-28 to Gannon University, the Erie Sports Commission and the city of Erie. The organization made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.  
  • NCATA Announces 2018 Competition Schedule
    September 22, 2017
    The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) has announced the 2018 regular season schedule, set to begin on February 3, 2018, when Concordia University of Wisconsin travels to Gannon University. Converse College, Davis & Elkins College, West Liberty University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College will debut this spring while several key matchups will pave the road to the 2018 NCATA Championship Tournament in late April.
  • King University Names Miranda Merkison New Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach
    August 23, 2017
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the hire of Miranda Merkison as head coach of the acrobatics and tumbling team. Merkison competed at the University of Oregon and joins the Tornado staff following a stint as a tumbling instructor in Chattanooga.
  • Haley Garelick Appointed as New Head Coach at Hawaii Pacific
    July 31, 2017
    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.
  • Courtney Stack Selected as Inaugural Head Coach at Urbana University
    July 27, 2017
    URBANA, Ohio -- Urbana Athletics announced Thursday that Courtney Stack will become the first head coach of the newly-created Blue Knight Acrobatics and Tumbling program. Stack will officially arrive to Urbana University on Sept. 5.
  • Alderson Broaddus Names Brandi Hanford as New Head Coach
    July 12, 2017
    PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University athletic director Dennis Creehan has announced the hiring of Brandi Hanford as the next Head Acrobatics & Tumbling coach to lead the Battlers.
  • Jacquie Eshleman Tabbed to Lead Gannon Acrobatics and Tumbling
    July 07, 2017
    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.
  • Keenyn Won Named Oregon Acrobatics & Tumbling Head Coach
    June 29, 2017
    EUGENE, Ore. -- 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.
  • The NCATA Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Title IX
    June 23, 2017
    The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) is proud to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX, which was implemented as part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. One of the fastest rising sports in the nation now boasting 20 member institutions, acrobatics and tumbling is one of the prime examples of creating opportunities for women in collegiate athletics. To celebrate the historic milestone, the NCATA is proud to present testimonials from current acrobatics and tumbling student-athletes that exemplify the benefits of a collegiate athletic career:
  • NCATA Reaches Milestone, Announces East Texas Baptist University as 20th Member
    June 19, 2017
    The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) hit a major, historic milestone on Monday, June 19, as East Texas Baptist University becomes the 20th institution to join the acrobatics & tumbling footprint, announcing its intent to add the sport in a conjoined announcement from ETBU President Dr. J. Blair Blackburn, Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin, NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner and Executive Director Janell Cook.
  • Urbana University Brings Acrobatics & Tumbling to Ohio, Becomes NCATA's 19th Member
    June 12, 2017
    Urbana University will become the 19th member of the National Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), announced in a conjoined announcement from Urbana Executive Vice President Christopher Washington, Ph.D., Executive Director of Athletics Larry Cox, NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner and NCATA Executive Director Janell Cook on Monday, June 12.
  • USA Gymnastics Announces June 7 Collegiate Recruiting Webinar
    June 02, 2017
    On June 7 at 1 p.m. EST, USA Gymnastics will provide a free webinar geared towards providing helpful information on women’s collegiate recruiting for clubs, coaches and parents.
  • Summer Camp Season Approaching Fast Across NCATA Membership
    May 17, 2017
    Members of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) are preparing for their summer camps. Camps and clinics offer young student-athletes the opportunity to learn the skill set of acrobatics & tumbling while visiting a member campus. In addition, student-athletes will discover more about opportunities to compete in collegiate acrobatics & tumbling.
  • Alderson Broaddus' Alanna Kelley, Quinnipiac's Melanie Mancini Headline ECAC All-Conference Team
    May 05, 2017
    DANBURY, Conn. – Following the conclusion of its inaugural season, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Acrobatics & Tumbling League has announced its major awards and all-conference selections.
  • Baylor University Captures Third Consecutive NCATA National Championship
    April 30, 2017
    With two passionate fan bases in attendance and the best two teams across the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) footprint on the floor, the Baylor University Bears captured their third consecutive NCATA National Championship, 279.350-275.625, over the University of Oregon in an instant classic on Saturday night in Azusa, California.
  • Five NCATA Members Secure Individual Event National Championships
    April 29, 2017
    Championship Saturday began at the Felix Center in Azusa, California with the individual event finals, where five members institutions brought home hardware during a 15-event schedule. In a possible preview of Saturday night’s championship meet, Baylor University won an event-leading five heats, followed by four victories for Oregon, three for Hawaii Pacific, two for Quinnipiac and one for Fairmont State.
  • NCATA Announces 2017 All-Americans, Major Award Winners
    April 29, 2017
    Baylor senior Kiara Nowlin earned her second career National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Most Outstanding Athlete award to lead the 2017 NCATA All-America team, announced on Saturday afternoon by the organization. Hawaii Pacific freshman Makayla Garland earned NCATA Newcomer of the Year honors, King University senior Emily Powers was named the recipient of the Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award, and University of Oregon head coach Chelsea Shaw was named the NCATA Coach of the Year.
  • NCATA Day One Recap: Three Top Seeds Advance, Azusa Pacific Inspired by Home Crowd in Comeback Win
    April 28, 2017
    An electric first day of competition saw four National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) semifinal berths determined at the Felix Event Center in Azusa, California. The top three seeds of the NCATA Tournament; Oregon, Baylor and Quinnipiac advanced, while fifth-seeded Azusa Pacific utilized the home court advantage, edging fourth-seeded Hawaii Pacific for the final semifinal spot.
  • 2017 NCATA Tournament Central
    April 01, 2017
    For the second time in program history, Azusa Pacific University will host the 2017 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships, set to take place from April 27-29 at the Felix Event Center in Azusa, California. Becoming the second program among the NCATA footprint to host multiple national championships, APU will host the premier week of acrobatics and tumbling for the second time in four years after hosting in 2014.
  • Individual Event Qualifiers Revealed on Eve of NCATA Tournament
    April 25, 2017
    On Thursday, April 27, the 2017 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tournament begins in Azusa, California, and the final piece has been set in place, as qualifiers for the NCATA Event Finals have been announced.
  • Kiara Nowlin Earns Final 2017 NCATA Player of the Week Award
    April 19, 2017
    Baylor University senior Kiara Nowlin earned the final National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Player of the Week award, announced on Wednesday morning.
  • Alexis Cross Earns Oregon's Third Player of the Week Award
    April 12, 2017
    Oregon junior Alexis Cross earned National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week honors, announced by the organization on Wednesday afternoon.
  • King's Tosha Banks Earns NCATA Player of the Week Honors
    April 05, 2017
    King University junior Tosha Banks earned National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week, announced by the organization on Wednesday, April 5.
  • Lauren Sturm Earns Second Player of the Week Honor
    March 29, 2017
    Baylor junior back/base Lauren Sturm earned her second National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Player of the Week award on Wednesday after leading the Bears to a win over Gannon.
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