BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the departure of Amber King, King University's current acrobatics and tumbling coach, King moved quickly to hire their next coach of the fledgling program. Athletic director David Hicks announced on Wednesday that Megan Bamford, a former acrobatics and tumbling national champion at the University of Oregon will lead the Tornado going forward.
"Megan is an outstanding young coach, with a great education, strong faith, and passion for acrobatics and tumbling," Hicks said. "Her experience as an acrobatics and tumbling student-athlete, including a national championship, will be a tremendous asset to our program and student-athletes."
Bamford comes to King with a plethora of acrobatics and tumbling experience, not only was she a student-athlete at 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.
"I am really excited for this position," said Bamford, "I think King is a really good fit for me. Becoming the new acrobatics and tumbling coach at King is phenomenal opportunity for me because it gives me the opportunity to help continue to build a program in the sport I love."
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.
"It's a huge honor to receive this position," Bamford continued, "now I have an opportunity to provide the same opportunity I was given as a student-athlete in the sport to other young female athletes."
Bamford graduated from Oregon in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and she earned her Master of Arts in Leadership in January from Shorter.