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Montondo hired as WVWC Acrobatics & Tumbling head coach

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Kassidy Montondo has been tabbed as the next head coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan acrobatics & tumbling team, WVWC Athletic Director Randy Tenney announced on Wednesday (July 27).

Montondo, a former acrobatics & tumbling athlete at Davis & Elkins and assistant coach at West Liberty, takes over after Alexa Johnson resigned to pursue an opportunity outside of collegiate athletics.

“We are excited about the potential Kassidy brings to the acrobatics & tumbling program,” said Tenney. “She has the experience as a participant and coach and has the knowledge of the recruiting channels to grow our program.”

Most recently, Montondo completed a graduate assistantship at West Liberty where she assisted with the Hilltopper Acrobatics & Tumbling team while she worked on her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

“I have always wanted to go into a helping profession and my life has been centered in sports,” said Montondo. “I am confident this position is the perfect combination of both those things. I am thrilled to get started with this team and continue what Courtney [Oates] created and Alexa [Johnson] built upon.”

A Watertown, N.Y., native, Montondo’s background includes participating in competitive cheerleading at CNY Storm of Syracuse during high school. She competed as an acrobatics & tumbling athlete at Davis & Elkins as a four-year starter. She was awarded All-Mountain East Conference Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2019. While at D&E Montondo competed in a variety of events including compulsory acro, pyramid and tumbling. She specialized in toss and qualified for the MEC Championship in 2019 and 2021.

Montondo excelled in the classroom at D&E and was recognized on the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Academic Honor Roll in 2019 and 2021. She was named to the MEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times as a Senator. Montondo earned President’s List and Dean’s List recognition throughout her academic career at D&E. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services.

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