Simpson College has hired Emily Barrett-Payne as their new women's head coach and Colin Payne as their men's head coach. A former DU athlete, she's been coaching at Thrive Gymnastics while he has been an assistant at Army. The pair are married.
Lauren Homecillo from Omega Gymnastics has committed to Nebraska. She qualified to L10 nationals in the 2021 season after placing 1st on vault, beam and floor at her state meet and 4th AA at her regional meet.
Victoria Smirnov from Shooting Stars has announced her commitment to Boise State. She qualified to L10 nationals in 2021 and finished 9th AA and 4th on bars.
Bill Hopkins will assume the role of Director and Head Coach of the newly proposed Greenville University Team. He coached SEMO from 1979 to 1997 and most recently was a club coach at Missouri Valley. Greenville also hired Zach Peters to coach the Men's squad. He's a former Nebraska standout.
Mike Brackmann has been named Assistant Coach at Cornell: Announcement
Former Illinois gymnast Rachael Donovan has been named Volunteer Coach at Illinois. Announcement
Ortiz competes for LaFluer's and qualified to L10 nationals this past season following a 1st place finish at regionals (1st AA/V/UB).
Madso competes for Norway. In 2020 she competed at Norwegian Championships and placed 1st AA in the all around and she earned silver on vault and floor and bronze on bars in the event finals.
On September 11th, 2001, Mari-Rae Sopper was on her way to California, ready to start her job as Head Coach of the women's team at UC Santa Barbara. Sopper, a former standout at Iowa State, was known as "ISUFan" on the fromer College Gymnastics Board. She had given up her job as a Navy JAG Corp lawyer to pursue her dream, and to help save the program at UCSB. She lost her life during the events of that fateful day as the plane she was on was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. We pause to remember her spirit and dedication to the sport, and her inspiring effort to pursue her dreams, as well as the others who lost their lives that fateful day.
Gymnastics East Conference includes Penn, Brown, Yale, Cornell, Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut State, West Chester and William and Mary.