’Cats name coach

Johnson takes over as school’s tumbling mentor

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan has announced the hiring of Alexa Johnson as the new acrobatics & tumbling coach.

Johnson comes to Wesleyan after an impressive career on the mat for Fairmont State University.

“My goal was to stay in West Virginia, and Wesleyan feels like home and reminds me a lot of where I grew up. I look forward to taking the reigns of this strong program.” Johnson stated.

The Ripley native was a four-year member of the acrobatics & tumbling team at FSU, and was part of three national tournament teams.

Johnson suffered an injury that sidelined her for most of her senior year, but before the injury she was a apart of the pyramid event that scored three straight perfect scores of 10.

After the injury, Johnson transitioned into a student-assistant coaching role and helped lead the Falcons to a 2019 MEC Championship.

“My experience as a student-assistant coach was incredible, and it truly ignited my passion for coaching, and reaffirmed this was something I wanted to do for my career.” Johnson added.

The acrobatics & tumbling world experienced big news last week when the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) issued a recommendation that all three NCAA divisions add acrobatics & tumbling to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. If adopted, acrobatics & tumbling would be formally recognized as an emerging sport effective Aug. 1, 2020.

“This is amazing for women in college athletics, not just acrobatics & tumbling and will benefit Wesleyan moving forward,” Johnson said.

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