June 13, 2014
WACO, Texas -
Acrobatics and Tumbling head coach Felecia Mulkey has hired Angela Ucci (pronounced oo-chee) as an assistant coach.
Ucci has served as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon under Mulkey for the past five seasons. The Ducks claimed the NCATA national championship four of the five seasons and have produced 11 All-Americans and two Performers of the Year. During her stint with the program, the Ducks were 39-2 (.951).
"Angela is a fantastic addition to our team and to the Baylor athletics department," said Mulkey. "She shares the same drive and passion as I do for not only improving our own team, but for nationally advancing acrobatics and tumbling in general."
Ucci's strength as a coach includes training specific tumbling technique for the sport of acrobatics and tumbling. This technical expertise allowed the Ducks to consistently capture individual event titles as Ucci has coached 14 national tumbling event champions over the past four seasons.
Ucci, a native of Kennesaw, Ga., has 10 years of all-around experience in gymnastics, starting out her career competing nationally for the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta before joining Mulkey's squad at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in 2003. While with the Owls, Ucci was a five-time All-American selection while competing as a back base for the club competitive cheerleading team.
Ucci was also a member of both of Mulkey's two national championship teams at KSU in 2004 and 2005.
After graduating from Kennesaw State in 2008 with a degree in exercise and health science, Ucci started a small tumbling program out of Workout Anytime in Kennesaw where she was also employed as a personal trainer. She simultaneously worked as a gymnastics coach for World of Gymnastics and was the curriculum director at World of Cheer.
The hiring of Ucci completes the A&T staff. Current assistant coach Emily Maike
, a 2012 graduate of the University of Oregon and a student-athlete under Mulkey, will continue with the program.