Tornado ready to kickoff 2017 campaign

Photo Credit: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo Credit: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Facility – Student Center Complex
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING HISTORY

First Year of Acrobatics and Tumbling – 2013-14
Overall Record – 7-18 (.280)
NCATA National Championship Appearances (last) – 2 (2015)

COACHING STAFF

Head CoachMegan Bamford
Record at School, Years – 7-16 (.304), 4 seasons
Career Record, Years – 7-16 (.304), 4 seasons
Acrobatics and Tumbling Office Phone – (423) 652-4857
Assistant Coaches
Nicole Seybold

TEAM INFORMATION

Overall Record Last Year – 3-5
Starters Returning / Lost – 12 / 5
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 23 / 7

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
- King was picked ninth in the NCATA Preseason Coaches' Poll

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Sonia Stone (NCATA All-American, helped King set program bests in 11 events, including the tumbling duo and open heats)
Kate Rivera (helped King set program highs in six events, including the tumbling triple heat)
Tosha Banks (helped the Tornado to nine program highs, including in the tumbling duo and six element heats)
Emily Powers (member of nine heats that set new program highs)
Cassidy Davis (helped King set nine new program bests)
Maya Fuller (helped the Tornado set eight new program highs)
Courtney Harris (helped King post four new program bests, including the tumbling quad heat)

KEY PLAYERS LOST TO GRADUATION

Stephanie Rhea
Angela Powers
Kara Christian

NEWCOMERS

Jerryn Puckett, Bristol, Va. (Alpha Omega Academy)
Ashley Berlin, Surgoinsville, Tenn. (Volunteer HS)
Mattie Brown, Taylorsville, N.C. (Alexander Central HS)
Kyler Ashley, Lucas, Texas (Lovejoy HS)
Maddy Guinn, Hampton, Tenn. (Hampton HS)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the season with three straight road meets, starting on February 12 at Alderson Broaddus University.
- The Tornado take on Quinnipiac University in their home opener on March 18.
- King then hosts the University of Oregon on March 29 before hosting Georgetown University (Ky.) in the regular season finale on April 9.
- The NCATA National Championships are scheduled for April 27-29 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620