Release Written by Travis Chell, King University Sports Information Director
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.
"Miranda is a pioneer in the sport of acrobatics and tumbling, and has competed at the highest levels," Hick said. "She's won a national championship and has a passion for using this exciting, growing sport as a means to educate young women. I'm excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for our student-athletes."
Over the past year, Merkison instructed students from ages 3-18 in tumbling and acrobatic skills at Cheer Extreme Chattanooga. She also taught and choreographed cheerleading routines for teams and classes while at Cheer Extreme Chattanooga.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of King University as the head coach for the acrobatics and tumbling team for the 2017-2018 season," said Merkison. "I am both humbled and excited to take on this new position and am confident that we will provide a great student- athlete experience on and off the mat."
As a student-athlete at Oregon, Merkison helped the Ducks to a National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national title. She was a member of four teams that competed at the NCATA National Championships, taking home one title. Merkison was a top and tumbler for the Ducks from 2011-15.
"I have seen the hard work and passion these young woman have put into this sport in the past seasons and wish to carry on their traditions as well as create new goals this season," Merkison continued. "I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great community here at King University and cannot wait to see where this season takes us!"
While at Oregon, Merkison competed for Head Coach Felecia Mulkey who is now at Baylor University. Along with competing for Mulkey, Merkison also worked at summer camps, helping create scheduled and instruct athletes to improve their skills.
"Miranda is passionate about the sport of acrobatics and tumbling and the opportunities that it provides for young women," Baylor Head Coach Felecia Mulkey said. "As an athlete, she led by example with her work ethic and her selfless commitment to the success of the team. These characteristics will translate into a great coach and role model for the student-athletes at King University"