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NCATA Appoints Janell Cook as Executive Director

EUGENE, Ore. — National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) President Dr. Renee Baumgartner has announced the appointment of Janell Cook to the post of Executive Director.

NCATA Logo“I’m very excited to join the team of administrators and coaches at the NCATA,” commented Cook. “I’ve followed the sport since its inception and look forward to helping to continue its growth to championship sport status in the NCAA.”

In addition to her administrative role within the NCATA, Cook currently serves as the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement at the University of Oregon, dealing directly with the Duck Athletic Fund. Since her appointment to the position in December 2013, Cook has worked closely with the inception and operation of the “Women in Flight” fundraising initiative, geared to generate funds for the Ducks’ women’s athletics programs.

“As a former collegiate student-athlete, I appreciate the opportunities Acrobatics & Tumbling provides to engage more young women in collegiate athletics at the varsity level,” added Cook. “With the backing of USA Gymnastics, those opportunities and the passion of the staff and coaches of the NCATA will be the driving force in growing this sport nationally at each divisional level.”

A member of the Oregon Athletic department since July 2006, Cook has served in several roles, most notably as Director of Operations for the Ducks’ women’s basketball team from May 2009 to September 2013, coordinating all day-to-day operations for the squad during her tenure. In addition, Cook served as Special Assistant to the Executive Senior Athletic Administration during the 2008-09 academic year, additionally working as an academic advisor for the Oregon Services for Student-Athletes (SSA) from 2006-08 and as a tutor coordinator during the 2006-07 campaign. Cook arrived back in Eugene from Dartmouth College of the Ivy League, where she served as a Varsity Sports Coordinator from August 2005 to June 2006.

Cook graduated from Oregon in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Service, earning her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2005. A softball student-athlete, Cook was a four-time letter-winner, earned Pac-10 First Team All-Academic honors during the 2002-03 academic year and earned both the Pac-10 Cooper Tire Leadership Award and Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2003.

The hiring of Cook ushers in a new era for the NCATA, which is quickly gaining momentum as one of the fastest rising intercollegiate sports in the United States. Boasting 11 member institutions spanning from Connecticut to Hawaii, Cook will lead the NCATA into a new period of success while continuing to improve expansion of the sport on both an institutional and national level.

“Janell’s background in intercollegiate athletics will bring exceptional experience to our organization. She thinks big-picture and has a unique ability to make complicated issues simple,” says NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner. “Janell brings exactly what our organization and sport need to reach the next level: NCAA Championship status.”

Consisting of Adrian College, Alderson-Broaddus University, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Concordia College (Wisc.), Fairmont State University, Gannon University, Hawaii Pacific University, King University (Tenn.), Oregon University and Quinnipiac University, the NCATA offers institutions an opportunity to partake in a highly competitive, team-oriented and individual sport. The college sport of Acrobatics & Tumbling began competition in the spring of 2011 and is offered to colleges and universities throughout the country. Teams compete in six events including – compulsories, acrobatics, pyramid, toss, tumbling and team event. Each season a team typically competes in 6-8 meets during the spring of each year.

Member institutions have team roster sizes of 28-40 athletes. Member institutions include all levels of the NCAA – Division I, II, and III. Acrobatics & Tumbling teams train up to 20 hours per week and are varsity athletic teams and treated the same as all other varsity teams on the respective campus. The recruiting base for Acrobatics and Tumbling is broad pulling from artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, Team Acrobatics & Tumbling youth sport, and high-level competitive cheer teams.

NCATA Appoints Janell Cook as Executive Director

HPU Cuts Competitive Cheer & Dance Teams

Inside CheerleadingInside Cheerleading published HPU Cuts Competitive Cheer & Dance Teams.

The reconstituted programs will remain highly visible and dedicated to excellence, fostering spirit and support around athletics and encouraging academic success and achievement among student cheerleaders and dancers. HPU is continuing scholarship assistance for returning cheerleaders and dancers so that no current program participants will be disadvantaged by the change. The squads will not compete as teams at national cheer and dance competitions, though members will be able to take part in individual competition, if they so choose.

Inside Cheerleading: 2011 Collegiate All American Team

ATLANTA, GEORGIA- Inside Cheerleading Magazine is proud to announce the 2011 Collegiate All-American Team, featuring some of the most talented collegiate cheerleaders in the country. Each year, Inside Cheerleading Magazine names the team after evaluating nominations from college cheerleading coaches coast to coast. The recipients of the recognition are featured in the current issue (June/July 2011) of Inside Cheerleading.

“We are so excited to honor a group of collegiate athletes who represent the highest standards,” says Shane Womack Director of Marketing for Inside Cheerleading. “It’s no easy task to narrow the selections down to the twenty cheerleaders who best exemplify the all-around collegiate image.”

The current issue of Inside Cheerleading Magazine that features the Collegiate All-American team can be purchased on newsstands around the country and at insidecheerleading.com. We congratulate the members of Inside Cheerleading Magazine’s 2011 Collegiate All-American Team!

Inside Cheerleading Magazine’s 2011 Collegiate All-American Team:

  • Inside Cheerleading Collegiate All American TeamAdrianna Rodriguez, University of Delaware
    • notable: 2nd place at nationals for the past three years
  • Aleksandar Kociski, Hofstra University
    • notable: three-time national champion
  • Ryan Martin, University of Alabama
    • notable: UCA High School and College National Champion
  • Austin West, Morehead State
    • notable: high school and college national champion
  • Bethany Jackson, Stephen F. Austin
    • notable: GSSA All-State Team Cheerleader of the Year
  • Caitlin Seabrook, University of Alabama
    • notable: 2011 Divison IA National Champion
  • Cortney Laughlin, Columbus State
    • notable: two UCA national titles, Team USA All Girl World Champion
  • Danielle Walden, UCF
    • notable: 2009-2011 nationals team member
  • Emily Hamblin, Avila University
    • notable: ranked 1st nationally in seven competitions
  • Gary Goforth, Columbus State University
    • notable: 2011 UCA Partner Stunt Champion
  • Jonesheia Hall, Morehead State
    • notable: two-time UCA All-Girl Division I National Champions
  • Kelsey Collins, LSU
    • notable: 2010-2011 nationals team member
  • Macey Cooley, Shelton State
    • notable: 2011 UCA National Champion
  • Kristen Fischer, Indiana University
    • notable: UCA College Nationals All-girl Division I runner-up
  • Megan Trammell, University of Georgia
    • notable: UGA cheerleading captain
  • Sarah Masters, University of Kentucky
    • notable: two-time UCA National Champion Division 1A
  • Savannah Sibley, Hawaii Pacific University
    • notable: three-time NCA National Champion
  • Shawna Lykins, San Diego State University
    • notable: three-time USA Collegiate National Champion
  • Stacey Piatek, San Diego State University
    • notable: three-time USA All-girl Division 1 National Champion
  • Olivia Rink, University of Kentucky
    • notable: 2010 UCA National Champion

About Inside Cheerleading magazine

Inside Cheerleading Magazine is a bi-monthly publication for today’s cheerleader, coach, gym owner, and industry member. Featuring the inside scoop on cheerleading with in-depth articles, behind-the-scenes competition coverage, profiles of programs, product reviews, and the latest news, iC is the source for all things cheer. Inside Cheerleading is produced by Inside Publications, which also publishes Inside Gymnastics magazine and Inside Volleyball magazine.

Inside Cheerleading 2011 Collegiate All American Team

What You Should Be Doing Now To Make A Collegiate Cheerleading Program

Hi everyone! My name is Kat Jones, a former Hawaii Pacific University Cheerleader and the founder of College Cheer Guide, a free resource that is packed full of useful collegiate cheerleading information.  One of our goals here at College Cheer Guide to get potential cheerleaders directly connected with the College Cheerleading Coaches of America. Lately, we have been receiving a lot questions and concerns about what steps needs to be taken in order to increase a cheerleaders chances of getting into the collegiate cheerleading program of their dreams.  So in an effort to take on this issue, I’m going to write a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to share additional information and answers to these questions.  Starting with what you should be doing/considering NOW to aid in the decision for which programs best fit you, your situation, and gives you the greatest chance of success.

  1. Make a Skills Video
    1. Although it seems early, go ahead and put something on tape.  You can always go back and increase the difficulty if you improve.  I promise, its way better than having to rush a skills tape.
    2. Make sure to put all tumbling on a hard floor (remember there is NO spring floors in college).  Include Jumps, Stunts, Baskets, a Cheer, a Dance, anything you can do.
    3. Possibly put a mock interview down.  It’s going to happen sometime.  Might as well practice.
  2. Determine what is important to you in a School and a Cheerleading Program and make a list of schools that match your criteria
    1. Consider location of the school, cost, majors offered, and living arrangements.
    2. Do the cheerleaders compete or not?  Do you even want to?
    3. How much time is required to cheer?
    4. Try to be as through as possible and try to take into consideration all aspects that could influence a successful and exciting college experience.
  3. List pros and cons for each school based solely on the school, not cheerleading look at:
    1. Location
    2. Cost
    3. Major
    4. University Admission Requirements
    5. Class Sizes
  4. List pros and cons for each school based solely on cheerleading look at:
    1. Required Skills
    2. Type of Squad (All Girl, Large Coed, Small Coed)
    3. Competitive or not
    4. Cheering for different sports
    5. Scholarships
  5. Compare the above lists and narrow down your search to a possible 10 schools that you would be interested in.

When making a decision as big as what school to go to, always use your resources.  Remember that College Cheer Guide will help you with your research! Feel free to use the extensive on-line resource directory that provides you with information on individual programs. Each program is broken down into the following categories: Contact Information, Try-Out Dates & Requirements, Time Commitment, Scholarships, Out of Pocket Expenses, and Advice from the Coach. If there are any questions feel free to contact us and check out the website to see how we can help you!

Kat Jones

NCA 2010 College National Champions

NCA College 2010 National Champions:

  • All Girl 1A – University of Maryland
  • All Girl 1 – Kennesaw State University
  • All Girl 2 – Fairmont State University
  • All Girl 3 – Azusa Pacific University
  • All Girl 1 Intermediate – West Virginia University
  • All Girl 2 Intermediate – Shorter College
  • Large Coed 1A – Oklahoma State University
  • Large Coed 1 – Stephen F. Austin University
  • Large Coed 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Small Coed 1A – University of Louisville
  • Small Coed 1 – University of Texas at Arlington
  • Small Coed 2 – Valdosta State University
  • Coed Intermediate – University of Central Oklahoma
  • Junior College – Navarro College
  • Partner Stunt – Kali & Kenny from Hawaii Pacific University
  • Open Stunt – Steve & Neessa
  • Mascot – Sammy the Bearcat from Sam Houston State University
  • Dance 1A – Brigham Young University
  • Dance 1 – Townson University
  • Dance 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Dance 3 – McLennan Community College
  • Hip Hop 1 – University of Louisville
  • Hip Hop 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Dance Open 1A – West Virginia University
  • Dance Open 1 – Sam Houston State University
  • Dance Open 2 – Valdosta State University

Complete coverage can be found on Varsity.com.

NCA College National Champions

NCA College 2010 National Champions:

  • All Girl 1A – University of Maryland
  • All Girl 1 – Kennesaw State University
  • All Girl 2 – Fairmont State University
  • All Girl 3 – Azusa Pacific University
  • All Girl 1 Intermediate – West Virginia University
  • All Girl 2 Intermediate – Shorter College
  • Large Coed 1A – Oklahoma State University
  • Large Coed 1 – Stephen F. Austin University
  • Large Coed 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Small Coed 1A – University of Louisville
  • Small Coed 1 – University of Texas at Arlington
  • Small Coed 2 – Valdosta State University
  • Coed Intermediate – University of Central Oklahoma
  • Junior College – Navarro College
  • Partner Stunt – Kali & Kenny from Hawaii Pacific University
  • Open Stunt – Steve & Neessa
  • Mascot – Sammy the Bearcat from Sam Houston State University
  • Dance 1A – Brigham Young University
  • Dance 1 – Towson University
  • Dance 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Dance 2 – McLennan Community College
  • Hip Hop 1 – University of Louisville
  • Hip Hop 2 – Hawaii Pacific University
  • Dance Open 1A – West Virginia University
  • Dance Open 1 – Sam Houston State University
  • Dance Open 2 – Valdosta State University

Complete coverage can be found on Varsity.com.