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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.
"I am pleased to have Brandi as our next head coach," said Creehan. "She was highly recommended and came from Felicia Mulkey who is the head coach at Baylor University and a founding member of NCATA."
Hanford is a 2015 graduate of Baylor with a degree in Social Work while also completing her Master of Social Work from Baylor in 2016. She has been a gymnastics coach as well for the past four years at Zero Gravity Gymnastics Academy.
"I am so thankful and excited to be a part of such an amazing program and school," said Hanford. "I have admired Alderson Broaddus from afar since their inaugural season. This team is made up of hardworking talented athletes full of character. I plan to continue to build the program as well as the student-athletes while honoring the traditions of the program and school."
Hanford was a member of the 2015 NCATA National Championship team at Baylor. She was a member of the academic All-Big-12 second team in 2012-2013 as well as 2014-2015. In 2012, Hanford was named the Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling Freshman of the Year.
"She was one of the upperclassmen who really worked at helping out some of our underclassmen," said Baylor head coach Felicia Mulkey as she got to coach Hanford during her senior season with the Bears. "She was very interested not only in winning while she was there but more interested in creating a program that was going to win when she was gone."
During her final season, Baylor defeated Oregon to claim the school's first NCATA National Championship in 2015. This past season, the Bears added to their success with another championship victory over Oregon.
"I think she is going to be great for the student-athletes at Alderson Broaddus," said Mulkey. "She's going to be interested in the big picture for AB. She's not just win, win, win. She's about the student-athlete experience and what the sport has brought to her life."
Also joining Hanford on the staff for the Battlers is 2017 AB graduate Emily Hosler. Hosler is a former member of the Battlers' acrobatics & tumbling team and spent the 2016-2017 season as a student-assistant coach.
Hosler spent two seasons with the Battlers and helped AB reach the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCATA Championships for the fourth season in a row.