Emily Powers was named the first head coach of the Belmont Abbey Acrobatics & Tumbling on January 19, an announcement that coincided the sport becoming the 29th offered within the Crusaders Athletic Department.
Powers comes to The Abbey from West Liberty University, where she has served as a graduate assistant coach since May, 2017. She was a four-year letterwinner in Acrobatics and Tumbling Information at King, earning team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior and the "Hardest Worker Award" in 2015 and 2016. She helped the Tornado qualify for the NCATA National Championship and helped it set numerous program records, including the top five meet scores.
She was the winner of the NCATA's Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award for highest GPA among juniors and seniors within NCATA Tournament qualifying teams and was a member of the All-ECAC and All-ECAC Academic teams in 2017. Originally from Rome, Ga., she earned a bachelor's degree in business with a sports management track.
"We also are thrilled to announce our hire of Emily Powers as the program’s first head coach," Miss said in reference to Powers' hiring. "Throughout the hiring process, Coach Powers’ passion for her sport, her established relationships with influencers throughout the Acrobatics and Tumbling world, and, most importantly, her articulation of a compelling desire to assist students in their formation and development spiritually, academically, and athletically established her as the ideal individual to lead our program."