Michael Edelen Named New Acrobatics and Tumbling Coach
Submitted on July 10, 2019
When building a program’s foundation, getting the right people matters. Georgetown College Director of Athletics Brian Evans knows this all too well. He has started four varsity sports in his tenure leading the Tigers – all of which are successfully growing and progressing.
He was on the forefront of history in adding acrobatics and tumbling four years ago. Now, as the team enters its fourth year of varsity competition, a new but very familiar face will be taking over the reins.
“First, I have to speak to coach Alicia Davis,” Evans said. “We brought a sport here that had not made it much past the Mississippi River with most of its success in the West. Her passion for gymnastics and athletics in general really helped us develop the base level.
“She also had the foresight to tie in immediately with United Talent, which is a gymnastics and tumbling organization a stone’s throw from East Campus. There she connected with Michael Edelen and today it’s with great pleasure I announce him as our second ever coach.”
Davis is stepping down to focus more time with family and put her energies back into coaching at United Talent. Edelen moves from his director position at UT, where he developed a boys’ program, a special needs program, and gymnastics program to become a full-time collegiate coach at Georgetown College. The 2014 University of Kentucky graduate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on small business management.
The two-time UK national championship cheerleader is well versed in all things college sports and has been helping Georgetown for three years with acrobatics and tumbling and the past two years with cheerleading, watching it become a competitive sport for the Tigers.
“I have had the great pleasure of working with the acrobatics and tumbling program since the inaugural season as the athletes came in to United Talent,” Edelen said. “I immediately knew it was a sport that I wanted to get involved with in a coaching capacity. The skills competed by these young athletes are the skills that I have helped refine for hundreds of athletes in my 10-plus years of coaching.
“Our sport is on the precipice of becoming the 91st NCAA sport and second sport ever developed at the collegiate level. It is a great honor and a privilege to be a part of history with Georgetown. I want to thank Mr. Evans as well as Kimberly Chandler for this opportunity and for Coach Davis in bringing me on as an assistant these past few years that helped to fuel my coaching passion.”
Edelen has high praise for the developing sport, having a background in both gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. He sees this sport combines the best of all disciplines – gymnastics, acrobatics and cheerleading – into a format where athletes get to compete head-to-head in compulsory and open events.
“This sport really is the best of all worlds,” Edelen said. “It takes individualized sports and puts them into a team setting for a two-hour competition.
“I’m very excited to take the next step with acrobatics and tumbling. I know I can leverage my experience in championship programs to take Georgetown to the next competitive level.”