Glenville, W.Va. - Amber King, after guiding the King University Tornado Acrobatics and Tumbling team in their 2013-2014 inaugural season, has accepted the head coaching job at Glenville State, athletic director Janet Bailey announced Tuesday. As Glenville State becomes the 12th school in the country to add Acrobatics & Tumbling (A&T), King becomes the first coach in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) to start two programs. Also in the NCATA, are Alderson-Broaddus (WV), Azusa Pacific (CA), Baylor (TX), Fairmont State (WV), Hawai’i Pacific, King (TN), Quinnipiac (CT), Adrian (MI), Gannon (PA), and National Champion University of Oregon. Recruitment will be the initial focus of the program, and the team will be ready for intercollegiate competition in the spring of 2016.
Acrobatics and Tumbling competitions are typically held as a meet between 2-4 teams. Each competition is exciting, fast paced, and audience friendly. Each team has up to 28 competitors on their game-day roster and compete in six events including: Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling, and Team Event. Teams compete and are evaluated in each event receiving a score. In a competition, a team can score up to 300 points, with the team with the highest overall score declared the winner. For a quick look at the action from a typical meet, click on Acro Video.
”Amber King is committed to developing a championship program helping young ladies achieve their very best on the competition floor, in the classroom, and in life,” said Athletic Director Janet Bailey.
“I am excited to introduce Acrobatics and Tumbling to Pioneer sports. This emerging sport will increase athletic opportunities for women at Glenville State. Coach King has an established reputation in the sport. The Glenville State community can expect that Acrobatics and Tumbling will continue the Pioneer tradition of excelling performance in the gymnasium and the classroom,” said Glenville State President Dr. Peter Barr.
King, a native of Piney Flats, TN, is ready to pioneer GSC’s first foray into A&T. King exclaims, “I am excited to bring this sport to the Glenville State campus and community. I have been extremely impressed with President Barr, Athletic Director Janet Bailey, and the entire community, as they embrace this opportunity for female student-athletes. I’m honored to be a part of this amazing sport and I look forward to also serving this community, as we teach the skill set of acrobatics and tumbling to the youth of Gilmer County.”
In the inaugural competition season at King, the Tornado earned a National Championship Tournament berth with team strengths in Acro, Pyramid, and Toss events. Coach King’s recruitment efforts led the now second year program to double in size.
Off the mat, King looks forward to plugging in with GSC’s active group of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. King states, “I have enjoyed integrating into the college and community. You can truly feel the family atmosphere here. I am excited to show off Glenville State to our future athletes.”
Prior to developing Acrobatics and Tumbling at King University, King elevated the King University cheer program to a competitive level. The newly competitive 2012 team finished fifth at Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, GA, and third at Canam Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC. Prior to returning to her alma mater, King served as head cheer coach at Newberry College (SC). During 2011-2012 season, she choreographed competition routines for CANAM and CCA National events. She was named to the Top-25 Coaches in America by the CCA, after a trio of spectacular finishes in competition. King led her team to a First Runner-up honor at the CANAM Nationals, a National Championship in the All-Girl CCA Nationals, and was crowned Grand Champion as the best overall college team at the 2012 CCA Nationals.
In 2008, King earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Coaching from King University. For three years as an undergraduate, King was a teaching instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association traveling the Mid-South region. In 2009, Coach King developed the tumble/cheer ministry through the Celebration Church Dance Ministry in Blountville, TN. She taught weekly tumbling classes to children 5-18 years old and choreographed routines for them.
In 2012, King completed her Master’s Degree in Coaching Education from nearby Ohio University. Amber resides in Glenville, WV with her husband, Greg, and five year old son Jack.
Stay tuned for details for an upcoming press conference with regional media outlets. For more information about the sport, go to thencata.org. For more information on Glenville State Acrobatics and Tumbling, recruiting, or scholarship, please contact head coach Amber King at (423)306-1989 or firstname.lastname@example.org.