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BREAKING: Ashley Priess Johnston Named Alabama Head Coach

Alabama has named Auburn associate head coach and former Crimson Tide gymnast Ashley Priess Johnston as the next head coach, the program announced Monday evening. The move comes after Dana Duckworth announced she was stepping down last week.

As a gymnast, Johnston was a 10-time All-American and a member of back-to-back national championship teams. After her college career, she spent time at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy before a stint at Illinois. She’s spent the past four years at Auburn, helping lead the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at nationals this season and a higher finish than rival Alabama for the first time in program history.

Johnston is just the seventh head coach in program history and third since 1979 after Duckworth, legendary head coach Sarah Patterson.

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Article by Elizabeth Grimsley

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