Gymnastics Team Welcomes New Head of Program

New Razorback Gymnastics’ head coach Jordyn Wieber (far left) with gymbacks Sarah Shaffer (middle left), Jessica Yamzon (middle right) and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek (far right).

 

 

Razorback Athletics officials went back to the coaching carousel Wednesday and landed a former Olympic gymnast to fill the void at the helm of the gymnastics squad.

Former UCLA assistant coach and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber is slated to take over as head coach for Razorback gymnastics after Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced her hiring on Wednesday.

Wieber was a member of the “Fierce Five” U.S. gymnastics team in 2012, which won a gold medal as a team in the London Olympics. Wieber also won individual champion in the American Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

As an assistant for UCLA for the past three years, Wieber coached the Bruins on floor exercise, an event that UCLA finished at No. 1 in the nation for the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons. She was a part of the UCLA staff that won the 2018 West Region Assistant Coaches of the Year award.

Former head coach Mark Cook announced his retirement earlier this month after filling that role for 17 years. Cook helped start the program in 2001 and spent time at UCLA before coming to Arkansas.

Arkansas finished its 2019 campaign on April 5 when the Razorbacks placed 3rd at their NCAA Regional event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

Drew Watzke is the sports editor of the Arkansas Traveler. Previously, he worked as a sports writer and columnist from 2018-2019.

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