BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Department of Athletics and head acrobatics & tumbling coach Courtney Pate are pleased to announce the hiring of Kaelyn Cowan as the assistant coach to the acrobatics & tumbling program.
Cowan is a native of Hewitt, Texas and a graduate of Baylor University.
She earned her degree in Corporate Communications.
She was a four-year member of the Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team where she became a two-time NCATA All-American (2016 and 2017).
Cowan helped Baylor to three straight NCATA national championships from 2015-2017 and was a multiple NCATA individual event champion.
She was also a three-time Academic Big XII honoree (2015-17).
Cowan will not have to get adjusted working for Pate as the two have known each for over 10 years and were teammates at Baylor.
"We have been teammates since grade school," Cowan said. "We have been lucky enough to get to experience the sport of acrobatics and tumbling together."
Pate is eager to have her teammate at her side as the two will grow the sport of acrobatics & tumbling at Wesleyan.
"I could not be more thrilled to have Kaelyn join our coaching staff as we introduce our campus and community to the sport of acrobatics & tumbling," remarked Pate. "Kaelyn has had a phenomenal career as a collegiate student-athlete, and, over the years has developed a desire for coaching."
Cowan spent six years coaching gymnastics at The Zero Gravity Gymnastics Academy in Waco, Texas.
"I have had the privilege of knowing Kaelyn for many years, and I strongly believe she will be an outstanding leader to our athletes and the team will benefit from her passion for the sport," continued Pate. "I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to work alongside each other as our athletes take the floor for Wesleyan for the first time this season."
The acrobatics and tumbling team will debut at Wesleyan this spring and will officially compete in the NCATA this spring as well.
Cowan will start her duties at Wesleyan on Aug. 1.
"I am excited to help Coach Pate lead our student-athletes in the sport that I love," concluded Cowan. "With a strong foundation in the sports of gymnastics and A&T, I hope to teach about the technical aspects of the sport, provide creativity within our skill set and help offer a growing experience for each student-athlete on and off the mat."