Gannon University | Duren appointed Gannon Assistant Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach

Published: 18/08/2021

Assistant Coach, Brandy Duren

The Gannon acrobatics and tumbling program has expanded its coaching staff with the addition of former University of Oregon great Brandy Duren, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Duren arrives to Gannon after spending the past three years as head coach at Arizona Christian University, where she started the program from scratch. The Firestorm’s first season was 2019, before competing under Duren for two more seasons.

“I am delighted to announce Brandy Duren, the newest member of our acrobatics and tumbling coaching staff,” said Gannon head coach Jacquie Eshleman. “Brandy impressed me with her dedication to the team, the program and the sport. She is a focused young woman with the spirit and passion that is well suited to the student-athletes and will continue to help take the program to the next level Brandy has an incredible resume that includes building a program from scratch and being a National Champion at the University of Oregon I am delighted to have her here and would like our student athletes on campus to start on our pursuit of a national championship.”

In a record-breaking first season in 2019, the Firestorm took a program-best team score of 256,970 in a tri-meeting against Baylor and Hawaii Pacific in the season finale. The ACU program’s first win came against Concordia-Wisconsin (251,380-240,520). Two days later, Arizona Christian swept a tri-meet against Adrian College and Urbana. The Firestorm had their biggest score differential win (120,905) against Urbana.

“I am honored and excited to join Coach Eshleman as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights acrobatics and tumbling team,” said Duren. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach hungry and hardworking student-athletes who are ready to make history. I craved the opportunity to work with like-minded and competitive individuals, and Gannon is the perfect place to start hit running and join that pursuit of excellence.

“From my student-athlete experience at the University of Oregon and winning three National Championships to my four years (1st year without competition) as a head coach building the ACU Acrobatics and Tumbling Team at the NAIA level, I am well prepared and excited to to take on the role of assistant coach on a renowned program here at Gannon University. I am extremely grateful for my past, but I am very excited about my future.”

Arizona Christian produced eight National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Academic Honor Roll members at the end of their inaugural season.

Duren started the ACU program after four years (2012-15) fighting as a top for the University of Oregon. She helped the Ducks win three consecutive NCATA National Championships, finishing as the NCATA runner-up in her final season.

In 2015, Duren graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

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