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When NCAA Coaches Were Gymnasts

In just two days, the 2018 season will finally begin, but for now, let’s talk about what’s most important: the 80s. A time when all your dearest NCAA coaches were gymnasts.

See, you thought you left those makeup choices back in the first Bush administration. But you didn’t. The magic of the internet.

Some coaches got lucky because archaeologists have not yet discovered any extant video of them in situ, but that doesn’t mean we stop trying.

Jenny (Ester) Rowland – Head Coach, University of Florida

“Still very young but has quite a lot of charm.”


Dana (Dobransky) Duckworth – Head coach, University of Alabama



Megan (McCunniff) Marsden – Head coach, University of Utah

Rhonda Faehn – Former head coach, University of Florida

“For as big of a body as Rhonda has…”
I cannot. Where am I? What is happening, 1988?

“Valorie Kondos does this type of stuff…”


Chris Waller – Associate head coach, UCLA

The world may change, but Tim Daggett saying “explanation mark” is forever.


Tanya (Service) Chaplin – Head coach, Oregon State University

Oregon State assignment: Go to meets this season and shout, “Come on, T-Serv!”


Danna (Lister) Durante – Former head coach, University of Georgia

“Should be a piked double back…OK????”


Larissa (Lowing) Libby – Head coach, University of Iowa


Elisabeth Crandall-Howell – Associate head coach, Cal


Amy Smith – Head coach, Utah State University


Charlie Tamayo – Assistant coach, University of Georgia


Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart – Head coach, University of Denver


Heather Brink – Associate head coach, University of Nebraska


Kristen Smyth – Former head coach, Stanford University


Katie (Teft) Minasola – Head coach, Eastern Michigan University


KJ Kindler – Head coach, Oklahoma University (thanks MostepanovaFan!)

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