A. NCAA coaches
Several more pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place in the past week, most significantly that Nadalie Walsh from Utah State has been chosen out of the claw machine to take the Illinois job.
Utah State made its biggest splash this past season, spending most of the year ranked in the rarefied and unexpected 22-25 range until a disappointing regionals dropped the team to 32nd. In Walsh’s four years, Utah State’s final placements were 32, 30, 30, and 36—compared to 54, 47, 47, 54 in the four years immediately before she arrived. It’s an accomplishment that clearly didn’t go unnoticed.
At Pittsburgh, the new head coach will be Samantha Snider. You’ll remember her as Samantha Cortez from some of those inaugural Arkansas teams, when they were like, “We’re good already suckassss” and knocked UCLA out at regionals in 2006—or more recently as the one who talks to them before beam and shows really nice Dana-Duckworth-beam-coaching-chin. [Yes, I did write Stephanie originally. No, I don’t know why.]
In a little Penn State/Eastern Michigan trade, Josh Nilson—who took over as Penn State’s interim co-head after Jeff Thompson was thrown out the moon door—will now be taking the role of Eastern Michigan head coach, after Sarah Shi…Brown (I’m getting better!) left Eastern Michigan to take the Penn State job. SWAPSIES!
And before Penn State, John Nilson was Nadalie Walsh’s assistant at Utah State. It’s just a mangled little web, isn’t it?
So by the transitive property of gymnastics coaching, that means that Utah State now has to hire…Rachelle Thompson? That can’t be right…
|Team||Outgoing coach||Reason||Incoming coach|
|Penn State||Jeff Thompson||Everything||Sarah Brown|
|Michigan State||Kathie Klages||Larry Nassar|
|NC State||Mark Stevenson||Retired||Kim Landrus|
|Georgia||Danna Durante||Fired||Courtney Kupets|
|EMU||Sarah Brown||To Penn State||Josh Nilson|
|Illinois||Kim Landrus||To NC State||Nadalie Walsh|
|Pittsburgh||Debbie Yohman||Retired||Stephanie Snider|
|Ohio State||Carey Fagan||Promoted||Meredith Paulicivic|
|Utah State||Nadalie Walsh||To Illinois|
We’re still waiting on Michigan State to notice that they have a head coach vacancy.
B. Training! START IMMEDIATELY!
And if you originally read that as “Aliya has named her baby Aliya,” you’re not alone. OH HOW I WISH. Aliya 2. We’ll always have that second I thought that was your name. Continue reading Things Are Happening – June 16, 2017