The WeCOACH Podcast

Acrobatics & Tumbling Make Waves in College Sports

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Felecia Mulkey

Felecia Mulkey is an 8-time National Champion in Acrobatics & Tumbling and now shares her passion for the sport as Head Coach at Baylor University

The WeCOACH Podcast is hosted by Megan Kahn

Podcast length: 44′ 25″

The WeCOACH Podcast takes on a new sport as executive director and host Megan Kahn talks with Acrobatics & Tumbling 8-time National Champion Felecia Mulkey. Felecia oozes passion for the sport and gives us an in-depth look and explains its phenomenal growth at the collegiate level, and how female student-athletes and coaches are benefitting from the recent interest. Listen in as Felecia sheds light on her impressive run of success at University of Oregon and now Baylor, how she continually redefines success with her teams, and what it’s like to be part of the Bears senior administrative team. This episode is sure to offer insight and inspiration for anyone interested in Acrobatics & Tumbling.

 

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Meet Felecia:

Baylor acrobatics & tumbling head coach Felecia Mulkey has completely changed the program since arriving in Waco in June of 2014. Entering her fifth season in 2019, she has led the Bears to four-straight National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) champions with a 41-1 four-year record and has tutored 13 NCATA All-Americans in her four seasons. Mulkey has won all eight NCATA titles in the sport’s history. Baylor is 12-0 in NCATA National Championships under Mulkey

In 2018, the Bears went 11-0, the third undefeated season in four years en route to winning the program’s fourth-straight NCATA title. Mulkey was named NCATA Coach fo the Year for the second time in her career. The 11 wins are a program record. The Bears defeated Quinnipiac, 283.360-274.650 while winning all six events. Ceara Gray earned Most Outstanding Player and Kaylee Adams Specialist of the Year. Gray, Adams and Lauren Sturm earned All-America honors.

In 2017, Mulkey’s squad went 9-1 and finished the season with eight straight wins to secure the program’s third straight NCATA national title. When it was all said and done, the Bears had three NCATA All-Americans (Kiara Nowlin (NCATA Most Outstanding Player), Kaelyn Cowan and Lauren Sturm) for the second consecutive year and third time since 2013, five NCATA individual event titles, 15 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large honorees and a program-record four NCATA Player of the Week awards.

During the 2016 season, Mulkey led Baylor to a second straight perfect record (10-0) en route to claiming the 2016 NCATA national championship. Along the way, Kiara Nowlin, Shayla Moore and Kaelyn Cowan earned NCATA All-American honors.

After guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive 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 NCATA 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 eight seasons as a head coach, Mulkey, a native of Atlanta, Ga., has an overall record of 73-4 while winning seven national titles, 48 event titles, coached 20 student-athletes to All-America honors with four 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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