2018 Florida Gymnastics Guide

6 FLORIDA GYMNASTICS 2018 MEDIA SUPPLEMENT JENNY ROWLAND HEAD COACH Jenny Rowland, one of the nation’s rising coach- ing talents, is in her third season as University of Florida’s head gymnastics coach. Rowland is the sev- enth head coach for the Gator program, which begins its 46th seasons in 2018. Rowland brings experiences from the sport’s highest level to Florida. She is a former U.S. National Team member, a collegiate All-American and was named a 2015 National Collegiate Assistant Coach of the Year. Rowland’s Coaching Career: At Florida: The Gators ranked among the nation’s top four teams throughout Rowland’s first two seasons at Florida. In NCAA Super Six team final action, the 2016 Gators were fourth and moved to third in 2017. The Gators claimed the program’s 10th Southeastern Conference team title in 2016 and Rowland picked up SEC Co-Coach of the Year honors. In the last two years, seven Gators collected 24 All- America honors at the NCAA Championships. Two Gators claimed NCAA event titles - Bridget Sloan (2016 NCAA all-around, uneven bars, balance beam) and Alex McMurtry (2017 all-around, uneven bars). Both of those Gators claimed that season’s Honda Award, given annually to the top collegiate female athlete in 12 sports. The Gators also excelled in the classroom, with the team’s cumulative 3.55 grade point average for the spring 2017 semester ranking among the best ever among all Florida teams. The 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Award went to McMurtry, an honor given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at each of the 90 NCAA Championship sites. At Auburn: Rowland came to Florida after spending five seasons at Auburn. She joined the Auburn coaching staff as an assistant coach in October of 2010 and was elevated to associate head coach in March of 2013. Rowland worked with all aspects of the Auburn gym- nastics program, coordinating all of the program’s community outreach efforts and interactions on cam- pus as well as playing an integral role in recruiting and in-gym activities. She was named co-National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 after helping Auburn reach the NCAA Super Six for the first time in 22 years. She served as the lead balance beam coach, as the Tigers put up the top beam totals of 2015 Southeastern Conference and NCAA Semifinal II competition. Three Tigers earned beam All-America honors in 2015. She also worked with the Tigers’ floor exercise and routine construction. Rowland, who is a Category 3 International Brevet judge, offered her judging expertise through video breakdown of Auburn’s routines. Coaching Career Start in Sooner State: Rowland coached Elite gymnasts at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, for five years. As a Gymnast: During her gymnastics career, Rowland was a USA National Team member from 1985-1990 and was part of the U.S.’s 1989 World Championships team. During her collegiate career, she earned All-America honors for the uneven bars in 1993 for Arizona State. After retiring from competition, she returned to her home state, enrolling at the University of Oklahoma to finish her degree. More Rowland Info: She graduated from Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in health and sports sciences in 1997. Rowland married Garon Rowland, an All-American gymnast for the Sooners, and the couple has two daughters – Ella and Emmy. Rowland is a Category 3 International Brevet level judge. She served on the judging panel for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. ROWLAND RECORD Record (through SEC Championships) Record (all meetings) W L T % W L T % 15 2 0 0.882 27 5 0 0.844 14 3 0 0.824 26 6 0 0.813 29 5 0 85% 53 11 0 0.829 “When we started this search, there was one name that kept coming up - Jenny Rowland. What Auburn has done over the past few seasons is quite impres- sive and she’s played a big role in the Tigers’ prog- ress. We feel confident she’s ready to guide the Gator program. “She wants Gator gymnasts to thrive in all aspects of their student-athletic career – in the classroom, in the competitive arena and in developing the life skills to be successful following college. She knows what is like to be a competitor on the national, international and collegiate stages. She has what it takes to be a successful recruiter as she’s built relationships with so many in the gymnastics world. “We welcome Jenny, her husband, Garon and their daughters Ella and Emmy, to the Gator program.” Jeremy Foley University of Florida Athletics Director JENNY ( ESTER) ROWLAND F I LE BIRTHDATE: July 18, 1974 in Bedford, Texas COLLEGIATE (Arizona State: 1993-94) • All-American on uneven bars in 1993 • Turned in the Sun Devils’ first 10.0 uneven bars mark • Retired from competition due to injury, transferring to Oklahoma to finish degree ELITE • USA National Team member from 1985-90 • Member of 1989 USA World Championship team COACHING CAREER • Florida Head Coach (2016-present) • Auburn Associate Head Coach (2013-15) • Auburn Assistant Coach (October 2010 – March 2013) • Oklahoma Assistant Coach (2001-06) • Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy Elite Coach (1996-2000) OTHER NOTABLES: • 2016 Southeastern Conference Co-Coach of the Year • A Category 3 International Brevet level judge (judged 2008 & 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials) • Starred as Tracy Prescott in the 1986 movie “American Anthem”, which also starred Maria Anz, who won Florida’s first NCAA event title (floor exercise) in 1985 • Won the all-around title when Florida visited Arizona State for a Feb. 25, 1993 dual meet in Tempe, Ariz. FLORIDA FINISHES UNDER ROWLAND Year SEC Region NCAA All-America honors 2016 1st 1st 4th 5 with 14 honors 2017 2nd 1st 3rd 5 with 10 honors Totals 7 individuals with 24 honors (in NCAA competition)