BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head acrobatics and tumbling coach Megan Bamford and head cheerleading and dance coach Debbie Neilson announced the hire of Nicole Seybold as an assistant coach that will help both programs. Seybold joins the Tornado staff following a stellar career competing in acrobatics and tumbling at the University of Oregon.
"I'm really excited to be working with both the acrobatics and tumbling team and the cheer program at King," Seybold said. "I'm eager to share my knowledge about both sports and can't wait to help each program grow. I'm happy to have the opportunity to work with a great group of athletes and coaching staff here at King."
Coming from Oregon, Seybold has a plethora of experience in both cheerleading and acrobatics and tumbling. She cheered in high school before taking up acrobatics and tumbling when she went to Oregon. She helped the Ducks to back-to-back National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) national championships and a pair of national runner-up finishes.
During her senior season, Seybold helped the Ducks to an 11-3 record and to their sixth straight NCATA National Championships appearance. Her freshman year, she helped win four event national championships as well as the team national title. The next year she helped the Ducks repeat as team national champions and win the event national championship in pyramid heat three.
"I am very excited to have Nicole as a part of the King coaching staff," Bamford said. "She is well versed when it comes to acrobatics and tumbling and has received multiple accomplishments as an athlete in the sport to prove that. Nicole's knowledge and experience as an athlete will be very beneficial for us to have and will make her a huge asset to this program. I'm looking forward to seeing Nicole help build King's acrobatics and tumbling program into something great, and know she will do just that!"
Prior to Oregon, Seybold started competitive cheer when she was in the fourth grade, and helped the Brandon All-Stars team win The Cheerleading Worlds in 2011. Over the last five years she has worked for the National Cheerleaders Association, traveling and teaching cheerleading at the collegiate and high school levels.