Andrews University Hires Long-Term Gymnics Coach
Eric Paddock, 2013–14 interim Gymnics coach, has been hired permanently into the position as Gymnics coach at Andrews University. Paddock holds an associate’s degree in pre-physical therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in sport studies with a concentration in human performance from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee).
Paddock began coaching the Gymnics, a 30-member sports acrobatics group, in September 2013, following previous coach Christian Lighthall’s departure. Paddock came to the position with background in leadership, coaching and teambuilding, having served as boys’ director at two youth summer camps and as a coach at the Gym-Kids Gymnastics Program in Collegedale.
“Eric did very well in his first year,” says Emmanuel Rudatsikira, dean of the School of Health Professions. “He brought the Gymnics together very quickly. The team members appreciate the fact that he uses a systematic approach to tryouts, and he has had a number of successes such as tour shows that have received high marks and successful routine performances at Acrofest. I am confident that Eric will continue to bring the Gymnics to a higher level of excellence.”
“It is a great honor to be able to continue here at Andrews University,” Paddock says. “The year behind us was a success in my eyes, and the year ahead of us is looking great. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us from here on out.”