|Alma Mater:||Kennesaw State|
Angela Ucci is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon. In the previous three seasons, Ucci helped the Ducks to three consecutive NCATA National Championships and 24 individual event national championships. Ucci has coached eight Ducks to All-America honors, including one Performer of the Year.
Since Ucci’s arrival, the Ducks have posted a 27-1 (.964) record the past three seasons.
In the 2013 campaign, Ucci and the Ducks went a perfect 8-0 and defeated second-seeded Quinnipiac to win another national title. The Ducks won an unprecedented 12 individual event National Championships, while Sarah Moreno, Tara Lubert, Nicole Erlichman and Natasha Katzaroff were named All-Americans. Lubert was also named the 2013 Performer of the Year.
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, while Ucci led Katzaroff and 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 2011 season.
In her first season as assistant coach of the then stunts and gymnastics team, Ucci helped lead the Ducks to six meet victories and a third-place finish in the 2010 national tournament.
Ucci joined head coach Felecia Mulkey’s staff as an assistant coach on June 20, 2009.
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.
“Angela 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 in general.”
After graduating from Kennesaw State in 2008 with a degree in exercise and heath science, Ucci started a small tumbling program out of Workout Anytime in Kennesaw where she was also employed as a personal trainer. She simultaneously worked as a gymnastics coach for World of Gymnastics and was also the curriculum director at World of Cheer.