After one year as head coach of the acrobatics and tumbling program, Chelsea Shaw has continued the team’s winning tradition, guiding them to their fifth-consecutive appearance in the NCATA National Championship meet. An athlete on the first two teams that were a part of the larger four-straight NCATA National Championship streak, Shaw brings a successful track record both as a head coach and athlete into Eugene.
In her first year she guided UO to a 7-4 record including a runner-up finish at the NCATA National Championships. In addition, she helped the Ducks snag four NCATA Individual Event Titles, good for the second-most titles for any team at the NCATA Championships.
Shaw helped graduating senior Tara Lubert to her fourth-straight All-America honor and rising sophomore Krista Phillips to her first All-America accolade. Under Shaw’s watch, Oregon won seven meets for the fifth-straight year as a member of the NCATA.
The Ducks were able to notch two victories over last year’s runner-up, Azusa Pacific, and an upset victory over the No. 2 seed Hawai’i Pacific in the semifinals of the NCATA Championships. The Ducks gradually improved throughout the year, ending the season with three scores over 280 in their three meets at the NCATA Championships (280.875, 283.495 and 282.870).
Shaw came to Oregon after spending one year as the head coach at Gannon University in the 2014 season. In what was Gannon’s inaugural season, Shaw guided the Lady Knights to an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCATA Championships.
Two of her athletes won NCATA Individual Event Titles at Gannon, while another was awarded the 2014 Louisa Goodrum Academic Achievement Award as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the championships.
Along with winning two national titles at Oregon in 2011 and 2012, Shaw became the first two-time NCATA All-American in program history when she earned the honors her junior and senior seasons. She won three NCATA Individual Event Titles in her two years, with one each coming in tumbling, pyramid and toss.
She graduated from Oregon in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Shaw and her husband, Jordan, reside in Eugene.