2019 Season Coaching Changes

Every year after the season concludes, a coaching shuffle happens with those underperforming not being retained, assistants moving up to better gigs and other changes that are oftentimes hard to keep track of. Throughout the offseason, we’ll be updating this post with new information of coaching changes, from firings to hirings.

Air Force



  • Assistant coach position open after Tabitha Yim left for head coach position at Stanford, John Court named interim head coach and eventually head coach.
  • Taylor Spears named assistant coach. Spears was formerly assistant coach at North Carolina (May 7, 2018).


  • Assistant coaches Jaime Armbrust and Garrett Griffith were promoted to associate head coaches.


  • Assistant coach Mary McDaniel no longer listed on Auburn gymnastics website (June 4, 2018).
  • Ashley Priess Johnston hired as assistant coach (June 6, 2018).
  • Bryan Raschilla hired as volunteer coach (Sept. 11, 2018). Raschilla was formerly associate head coach at Alabama.

Ball State

  • Assistant coach Jessie DeZiel left for same position at Illinois (July 16, 2018).


  • Assistant coach Holly Thomas no longer listed on site (seen July 18, 2018).

Eastern Michigan

  • Assistant coach Stephen Graham no longer listed on site (seen July 18, 2018).


George Washington


  • Assistant coach Ashley Priess-Johnston no longer listed on Illinois gymnastics website (June 4, 2018).
  • Former Ball State assistant coach Jessie DeZiel was named assistant coach (July 16, 2018).
  • Kaitlyn Betts, the former volunteer assistant coach at Michigan, was named to the same position at Illinois (August 30, 2018).



North Carolina

  • Assistant coach Taylor Spears took open position at Arizona (May 7, 2018).
  • Former Penn State gymnast named assistant coach (August 20, 2018).

Oregon State


San Jose State


  • Head coach Kristi Ewasko contract not renewed (Dec. 13, 2017).
  • Brittney Emmons named acting head coach (Dec. 13, 2017).
  • Lindenwood assistant coach Ashley Lawson named head coach (Aug. 17, 2018).


  • Head coach Umme Salim-Beasley hired as head coach at Rutgers (May 11, 2018).
  • Assistant coaches Anastasia Halbig and Michael Rosso followed Salim-Beasley to Rutgers (July 6, 2018).
  • Air Force’s assistant head coach Josh Nilson named head coach (July 6, 2018).
  • Former Auburn gymnast and volunteer assistant coach Rachel Innis was named assistant coach (August 30, 2018).



Utah State

  • Assistant Coach Harris Bergman left team after conference championships.
  • Erik Lewis hired as assistant coach (May 21, 2018).

West Virginia

  • Assistant Coach Shea Anderson no longer listed on WVU site (seen July 27, 2018).
  • Former Mountaineer assistant coach Kaylyn Millick was named to her old position (August 29, 2018).


Updated August 31.


  1. There were obviously two assistant coaches st Utah State all season, not sure why you’re reporting that there was only one. Harris only left the team just after conference…

  2. Ooh, I wonder is Shea Anderson is going after the GWU opening, her bf just got a job there per her twitter.

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