D&E names Ack as acrobatics & tumbling mentor

ELKINS — Mariah Ack has been named the second head coach in the history of the Davis & Elkins College acrobatics & tumbling program, director of athletics Jamie Joss announced late last week.

Ack spent the previous season as a graduate assistant coach at West Liberty.

Ack worked in conjunction with head coach Kelsey Kyle, her former teammate at Fairmont State. She was responsible for the creation of conditioning plans during the offseason and preseason, managing travel plans and the creation of team event music and layout.

“When I say I have worked my entire life for this opportunity, I am not exaggerating,” Ack said. “From a little girl who spent hours in a gym to a college athlete to an assistant coach, this is the culmination of all of those experiences-all of which will enable me to lead and develop this team.”

“My goal for this year is to continue laying the foundation and progressing the D&E program to the next level,” Ack said. “That includes creating a culture that emphasizes the importance of academics in athletics; cultivating a memorable experience for the senior athletes who are the first to finish four years in the program; and establishing metrics that will position the team for MEC and national athlete recognition and MEC Tournament invitation. Above all, I am looking forward to being part of Senator Nation!”

“Mariah has enjoyed success in each phase of her young career, with roots in West Virginia, as a student-athlete at Fairmont State and most recently in her coaching role at West Liberty,” director of athletics Joss added. “Her passion and knowledge for this exciting and emerging sport will serve her well as she continues to grow our acrobatics & tumbling program.”


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