After spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon and the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant at Baylor, former Oregon All-American Kelsey Rowell has been named an assistant coach of the Baylor acrobatics and tumbling team, head coach Felecia Mulkey announced Thursday.
“I am delighted to have Kelsey join our Baylor staff,” said Mulkey. “She knows the girls and the program and will be a fantastic asset to Baylor. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be invaluable to our program.”
"I am beyond excited and grateful to officially be a Baylor Bear. The support from the school and administration is absolutely amazing here at Baylor. I am eager for fall to arrive to get to work on another championship season with the best team in the country," said Rowell.
Rowell, in her role as a volunteer assistant with the Bears, helped lead Baylor to the 2016 NCATA national championship, the program’s second straight crown. She joins the coaching staff as the second assistant coach replacing Emily Maike who is getting married and leaving the Waco area.
Rowell, a member of the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team from 2009-2012 while coach Mulkey was the Ducks’ coach, helped lead Oregon to the 2011 and 2012 NCATA National Championships. She earned several individual tumbling event national titles and was honored as an NCATA All-American as a senior.
Rowell (rhymes with towel), an Oregon native, has 12 years of all-around experience in gymnastics, competing nationally in Oregon, California and Texas before joining the Oregon squad 2009. Prior to competing collegiately, she was a 2001 Level IX Western National Qualifier and a Level 10 National Qualifier in 2002 and 2003. She garnered regional championship titles on floor, beam and vault.
After graduating from Oregon in 2012 with a degree in sociology and prior to entering the coaching ranks, Rowell worked at Vircon Inc., in Portland, Ore., as a consultant relations manager in the human resources department.