Angela Ucci is helping the University of Oregon make its mark as a trailblazer in the new acrobatics and tumbling sport.
Ucci picked up where she left off last season by creating more difficult tumbling routines that assisted in the Ducks capturing five out of a possible six individual event titles at the 2012 NCATA National Championship.
Oregon improved during the course of the 2012 season in tumbling under Ucci, with UO besting all of their marks from the 2010-11 season, including recording the Ducks' first perfect scores in the aerial and six-element tumbling passes. Only five 10.0's were notched in those two events nationwide and Ucci led Natasha Katzaroff and Nicole Erlichman to three and two of those scores, respectively.
UO also owned nationwide highs in the duo (9.95) and quad (9.25) tumbling passes under Ucci's watchful eye.
The Ducks have already put themselves on the map as a national power after
claiming the inaugural National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association
title in front of the home fans of Matthew Knight Arena to cap a tremendous
While the name of the sport has changed, Ucci's responsibilities still include coaching tumbling as well the back base position for the Ducks. Ucci was instrumental in coaching sophomore Natasha Katzaroff to the 2011 NCATA Individual Tumbling National Title.
Ucci (pronounced ooh-chi), born in Kennesaw, Ga., has 10 years of all-around experience in gymnastics, starting out her career competing nationally for the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta before joining Mulkey's squad at KSU in 2003. While with the Owls, Ucci was a five-time All-American selection while competing as a back base for the club competitive cheerleading team.
Ucci was also a member of both of Mulkey's two national championship teams in 2004 and 2005.
is a fantastic addition to our team and to the Oregon athletics
department," said Mulkey. "She shares the same drive and passion as I
do for not only improving our own team, but for nationally advancing our sport
The Ucci File