Release Contributed by Ernest Meyers, Limestone College Athletics
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Limestone College Athletics Department and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino have announced the hiring of Kaelyn Cowan as Limestone's first head coach of the acrobatics & tumbling team.
"We are excited to add Coach Cowan to our staff," said Cerino. "She participated as a student-athlete in a top-tier program and I know her experience and knowledge of the sport will help her build the program here at Limestone."
Limestone's Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Director of Compliance Colleen Cannon added, "I am very excited for Kaelyn to join the Limestone College family. She has great energy and an extensive knowledge of acrobatics & tumbling and I know she will bring dedication, experience, and passion to our new program."
Cowan joins the Saints after spending the past couple of months as an assistant acrobatics & tumbling coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W. Va. During her short stint with the Bobcats, she helped with recruiting, fundraising, the organization of clinics, and was in charge of coaching the tumblers.
Prior to her time at West Virginia Wesleyan, the Hewitt, Texas native spent four years with Baylor University where she earned consecutive National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) All-American honors in 2016 and 2017.
She helped lead the Baylor Bears to back-to-back-to-back NCATA National Championships from 2015-17. Cowan, a Baylor University Scholar Athlete, was a four-time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and to the Dean's List.
Along with her acrobatics & tumbling experience, Cowan was a competitive team coach at Zero Gravity Gymnastics Academy in Waco, Texas and is currently a USA Women's Gymnastics Level 1-9 judge.
Cowan obtained her bachelor's degree in Corporate Communication from Baylor in May 2017 and is currently working towards a Masters of Communication Studies from West Virginia University.
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity to coach the sport of acrobatics and tumbling at Limestone College," said Cowan. "This sport is growing each year, and offers so many opportunities for female athletes. The community of Gaffney has been so welcoming to me. I'm excited to be able to create a program here alongside incredible people, and I cannot wait to get started."
Limestone became the 21st institution nationwide to sponsor acrobatics & tumbling and the third member of Conference Carolinas to sponsor the sport, joining King University (Tenn.) and Converse College. The Saints will compete in the program's first event in February of 2019.