After helping lead the Arkansas program to new heights in one season as a volunteer, Olympic gold medalist and five-time NCAA champion Kyla Ross has been promoted to assistant coach for the Gymbacks.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Arkansas Razorback family! A big thank you to Jordyn Wieber and Razorback Athletics for this incredible opportunity to continue coaching with this program and athletic department,” Ross said. “I am excited to continue working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their athletic, academic and personal development goals. I look forward to calling Hogs with Razorback fans many times this season! Wooo Pig.
Upon his arrival for Arkansas’ 2022 campaign, Ross was primarily responsible for coaching the Gymbacks on the balance beam. She immediately had a lasting impact on the program by leading the team to a new program record of 49.475 against Florida on January 28.
Beam was Arkansas’ top event for much of the season, finishing as high as 16th and placing as high as 8th throughout the regular season. The Hogs have posted 16 beam routines with a score of 9.9 or higher and have won at least a share of the beam title six times in 13 competitions.
Ross’ early success as a coach comes from one of the most successful careers in collegiate gymnastics history. During his four seasons at UCLA, Ross won four individual NCAA titles, one in each event, and the 2018 team title with the Bruins. She is one of 12 gymnasts to have recorded a Gym Slam – a perfect 10 in every event – and is one of only two to have recorded two Gym Slams in their career. She was also the first ever female gymnast to hold Olympic, World and NCAA titles.
The promotion continues a Ross-Wieber dynamic that has seen both teammates, coach and athlete, and colleagues over more than 10 years, from London 2012 to UCLA, and now to Arkansas.
“I am incredibly thrilled and confident to hire Kyla as our new assistant coach. She has a wealth of knowledge, work ethic and passion for our sport. Her impact on our program so far is evident and I know may she continue to mentor our student-athletes to be the best students, athletes and people they can be,” Wieber said. “What an incredible opportunity to be able to coach with my Olympic teammate and continue to build together Arkansas Gymnastics to competitive greatness.”
With Wieber at the helm and Ross and Chris Brooks as assistants, Arkansas is the first and only NCAA women’s gymnastics program to have an all-Olympic staff. Brooks is a two-time Olympian and captained the men’s team at the 2016 Rio Games, where he also placed 14th in the all-around. Wieber and Ross competed together as part of the Fierce Five, who won the United States’ first-ever women’s gymnastics gold medal on foreign soil nearly 10 years ago on July 31, 2012 in London.
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