Megan Bamford
Megan Bamford
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-4857
Email: mjbamford@king.edu
Year: 5th Year

Bamford, a former acrobatics and tumbling national champion at the University of Oregon, took over the King acrobatics and tumbling progam in the middle of their inaugural season of 2014. The Tornado won their first-ever meet just a few short weeks after Bamford was named head coach and she later led King to their first win in the Student Center Complex in 2016.

In 2017, Bamford continued to lead the Tornado to new heights as they had two groups qualify for the NCATA Event Finals. The pyramid heat three group posted a perfect score of 10.00 in the middle of the season to qualify. The finished fourth with a score of 9.65 while the pyramid heat one group finished fifth with a score of 9.50. In all, King set the top five meet scores in program history and set five event program records. Overall, King went 2-5 and qualified for the NCATA National Championships where they fell to top seed Oregon in the quarterfinals. Sonia Stone earned NCATA All-American honors for the second straight year and Emily Powers earned the NCATA Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award.

King started the 2016 season with a little history, defeating Glenville State 253.740-243.460 to earn their first-ever home victory. Later in the year, King earned back-to-back wins over Adrian and Concordia University of Wisconsin, but the Tornado ultimately finished the season with a 3-5 record. Under Bamford's tutelage, the Tornado continued to improve, setting 15 new program bests in 2016.

The Tornado continued to improve in their second season under Bamford's tutelage, posting a 3-5 overall record. King earned a pair of wins on March 8, scoring 250.660 points to defeat Adrian (229.760) and Concordia Wisconsin (228.120). The Tornado then earned a come-from-behind win over Gannon, 252-875-249.425 as King earned the victory in the meet's final event, the team routine. On the year, King set new program best in 15 different heats and in four different events. Their total score of 262.405 in the season-opening meet is also a new program standard.

In King's inaugural season of 2014, the program's first win came in a 244.34-226.12 decision over Adrian College. In all, she guided King to a 1-5 record after her arrival and their first appearance in the NCATA National Championships.

Bamford came to King with a plethora of acrobatics and tumbling experience, not only was she a student-athlete at the University of Oregon, but she has coached acrobatics and tumbling skills since 2011. While at Oregon she helped teach and demonstrated acrobatic and tumbling skills to young cheerleaders as a camp instructor.

Most recently she was a graduate assistant coach for the cheerleading program at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. While there, Bamford helped lead the competitive cheer program and taught the student-athletes acrobatics and tumbling skills. She was also Hot Shots Cheerleading coach in Rome, and has taught cheer since 2009 when she was a camp instructor at the Universal Cheerleading Association.

Bamford graduated from Oregon in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and she earned her Master of Arts in Leadership in January from Shorter.