Hired in December of 2017, Amber King will lead the new PC Acrobatics and Tumbling program into its inaugural season in 2019-20.
King has extensive experience in the acrobat and tumbling field. She served as the head cheerleading coach at Newberry College from 2011-2012 and at her alma mater King University from 2012-2014. While at King, she also served as the head coach for the inaugural acrobatics and tumbling team.
Prior to developing the Acrobatics and Tumbling program, she elevated the Tornado cheer program to a competitive level. That team finished fifth at Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, Ga., and third at the Canam Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. King was named to the Top-25 Coaches in America by the CCA after leading her team to first runner-up honors at the CANAM Nationals and a National Championship in the All-Girl CCA Nationals. The team was crowned Grand Champion as the best overall college team at the 2012 CCA Nationals.
King was A&T head coach at Glenville State College from 2014-2016. In its first season, the team qualified for event finals at Nationals hosted by Baylor. They qualified in the Acro 5 element event and in Pyramid Twist Event. While at Glenville State she was also an adjunct faculty member in the sport science program.
"I am thrilled to be joining the PC staff and humbled to have the opportunity to help grow this sport,” said King. “PC has so much to offer, and with the additional opportunity acrobatics and tumbling provides female athletes, it's going to be exciting to watch the development of this program come to fruition. I am eager to continue working, educating, and coaching in the sport I love. Go Blue Hose!"
Most recently, King served as Assistant Spirit Squad Coordinator at Tusculum since the summer of 2017.
While at Newberry, King choreographed competition routines for CANAM and CCA National events in 2012.
King earned her bachelor's degree in sport management with a minor in coaching from King University in 2008. As an undergraduate, King was a teaching instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association traveling the Mid-South region. In 2009, Coach King developed the tumble/cheer ministry through the Celebration Church Dance Ministry in Blountville, Tenn. She taught weekly tumbling classes to children 5-18 years old and choreographed routines for them.
In 2012, she completed her master's degree in recreation and sport sciences from Ohio University. She has a son, Jack.