EUGENE, Ore. — Former student athlete and assistant coach Taylor Susana has been named the new head coach of the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling program, director of athletics Rob Mullens announced on Wednesday.
Susnara was all-American with the NCATA for the Ducks three times from 2015-18, before serving as an assistant under former head coach for the last three seasons Keenyn Won, who stepped down in April to pursue other interests. Susanra becomes the fourth head coach in the program’s history.
“We are delighted to announce Taylor as our new head coach,” said Mullens. “Taylor was a phenomenal student-athlete here in Oregon and has grown tremendously as a coach in recent years. She understands what it means to be a Duck and how important the student-athlete experience is.
“This is an exciting time for Oregon acrobatics and tumbling as the sport moves closer to the championship being sponsored by the NCAA, and we couldn’t ask for a better person than Taylor to lead the way.”
Over the past three seasons, Susnara has helped the Ducks to an overall record of 13-7 and a second-place finish in the 2019 NCATA National Championship Finals. Oregon defeated #1 ranked and eventual National Champion Baylor on March 6, 2021 in Matthew Knight. Arena, the program’s first win over the Bears since February 2017.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and overjoyed to continue sharing my passion for the sport of acrobatics and tumbling,” said Susnara. “The University of Oregon is my home and I have fallen in love with the community and culture surrounding being a duck.
“It is an absolute privilege to be in this position and I have high hopes and expectations for the future of this program. We have an exceptional group of student athletes and I am ready for a fun, competitive season ahead. GO DUCKS !”
Born in Lake Forest, California, Susnara was a two-time open tumbling National Champion and two-time 6-element tumbling National Champion for the Ducks. She captured her second open tumbling national title as a senior in 2018, while also earning a pair of NCATA Player of the Week honors.
Susnara, a four-year letter winner, graduated from Oregon in 2018 with a degree in social sciences. She is one of only two student athletes in the history of the program to be named a three-time NCATA all-American, helping the Ducks build a record 31-13 and three NCATA national runner-up spots during her career. four years.
In June 2020, the NCAA approved acrobatics and tumbling for the organization’s Emerging Sports for Women status, opening a window for the sport to earn the right to have its championship approved by the premier governing body in collegiate athletics. To earn championship status, the sport will have to continue to grow to at least 40 varsity programs across the country.