June 3, 2014
WACO, Texas - Felecia Mulkey, after guiding the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships in five seasons as the Ducks' head coach, has accepted the head coaching job at Baylor University, athletic director Ian McCaw announced Tuesday.
"Felecia Mulkey is an exceptional leader and coach who will build a championship A&T program at Baylor. She is committed to developing her student-athletes to reach their potential and will afford our team with a high quality experience," said McCaw.
Mulkey, a native of Atlanta, Ga., comes to Baylor as the Bears' third head coach.
"I am truly excited to be taking this next step in my coaching career. It's a chance for me to move closer to my family and to assume the reins of an established program and take it to the next level. I enjoyed an amazing five years at Oregon but am eager to accept this challenge," said Mulkey. "I am extremely impressed with the commitment and support of the Baylor administration on all levels for the Acrobatics & Tumbling program and its student-athletes."
In her five seasons at Oregon, Mulkey guided the Ducks to a 43-3 overall record while winning four national titles, 30 event titles, coached 11 student-athletes to All-America honors with two earning athlete of the year awards.
Off the mat, Mulkey works tirelessly in growing the sport of acrobatics and tumbling. She continues to play a key role in the progression of Acrobatics & Tumbling's effort to gain NCAA sport status. Prior to the 2010-11 season, Mulkey was a catalyst in developing the scoring format that is currently in practice in acrobatics and tumbling meets.
Prior to her stint at Oregon, Mulkey built the Kennesaw State competitive cheer program into a national powerhouse. The Owls finished fourth in the 2008 All-Women's Division I Collegiate Championships after capturing national titles in 2004 and 2005.
Mulkey, a 1998 Kennesaw State health and exercise science graduate, oversaw the development of a program that finished no worse than third nationally from 2001 through 2007. Her success resulted in the program ascending to the Division I level in 2006.
Prior to transferring and taking over the head coaching reigns at the Kennesaw, Ga., school in May 1997, Mulkey cheered for two years at Southern Union State (Wadley, Ala.), and led the Bison to an eighth-place national finish in 1995.
In addition to directing the Owls' spirit and competitive programs, Mulkey served as the school's sports operations director from 2007-2008. She also worked as marketing director of the American Lung Association in Smyrna, Ga., from July 1998 through July 2000, as well as the sports marketing and promotions director at her alma mater from 2000-06.
BU, 3-5 last season, is coming off its third trip to the NCATA National Championship semifinals in four seasons.