Joins National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association

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PHILIPPI, W.Va. - Alderson Broaddus University is excited to announce Acrobatics and Tumbling as its newest female sport. A national search for a head coach will begin this spring, with recruiting starting in the fall 2012.

The collegiate sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling continues to grow with the addition of Alderson Broaddus, a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). AB will begin competition in Acrobatics and Tumbling in the 2013 season and has already been granted membership into the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA).

“With the continued strategic growth of the College and athletic department, it was clear that Acrobatics and Tumbling fits perfectly into our overall plan,” said Denny Creehan, director of athletics. “We see great potential for female student athletes.”

AB is committed not only to increasing enrollment and enhancing the overall campus experience for its students, but also to be a part of hugely successful and quickly growing emerging sports like Acrobatics and Tumbling.

“The Acrobatics & Tumbling team at AB will be a full member of the athletic department, having a full schedule, complete regular season, and possible post season play, just like any other intercollegiate varsity sports at AB,” says Creehan.

Acrobatics and Tumbling embraces the athletic elements of competitive cheer and gymnastics, while creating a high energy and fan-friendly atmosphere.

“The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) is proud to support Alderson Broaddus University in this historic event,” said John Blake, executive director of the NCATA. “As the sport’s governing body, we look forward to continuing our partnership to implement the varsity program of Acrobatics and Tumbling, creating new opportunities for female student athletes at this outstanding college.”

Other universities who already have a varsity Acrobatics and Tumbling program include Azusa Pacific University (CA), Baylor University (TX), Fairmont State University (WV), University of Maryland (MD), U-Mass Dartmouth (MA), University of Oregon (OR), Plymouth State University (NH) and Quinnipiac University (CT).

The Alderson Broaddus Acrobatics and Tumbling team will compete against some of these major universities.

The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) is the governing body for Acrobatics and Tumbling. The NCATA exists to provide leadership, governance, and education for the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling at the collegiate level based on fair and safe athletic competition while continuing to expand opportunities for female athletes at the collegiate level. All NCATA events are sanctioned through USA Gymnastics.  For more information, visit