The Utah State gymnastics team has named Amy Smith as its next head coach, as announced Monday by Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. Smith comes to Logan following five season at the University of North Carolina.
Aggie gymnastics had been in flux since previous head coach Nadalie Walsh accepted the same position at the University of Illinois in June. With Smith, the team looks to continue the upward trajectory of the program.
“Utah State is an exciting program on the rise,” Smith said. “Nadalie has done a great job getting the team back to regionals, but I think this team has just scratched the surface of what they are really capable of doing. Besides that, Logan is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. All of which make this a very exciting place to be.”
Smith first began her coaching career in 1997 as an undergraduate assistant coach at UCLA for one year. In 2002, she re-entered the coaching world as a volunteer assistant and choreographer for the University of Florida. While with the Gators, Smith helped choreograph routines for six All-Americans and also served as a volunteer assistant and choreographer for the University of Kentucky.
Following her time at Florida, Smith accepted a position as the assistant coach at the University of Missouri, where she remained through the 2011 season. As team choreographer and balance beam coach, she played an integral role in the university reaching its first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in 2010.
After a one-year stint as an assistant coach at UCLA in 2011, Smith then landed as an assistant coach at UNC before being named the associate head coach in 2014. In 2017, she was named the 2017 EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year.
Smith’s success in gymnastics has not been limited to coaching, however. As a student-athlete at UCLA, Smith led the Bruins to their first NCAA title in 1997, as well as a runner-up finish in 1996, earning All-American honors on floor exercise in 1995 and…