Quest Hayden is in his first season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa women’s gymnastics program. Hayden joins the Hawkeyes following stints at North Carolina, Michigan and Penn State.
Hayden spent the 2020 season at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to a No. 41 national ranking. Hayden coached Elizabeth Culton to All-America honors and to an EAGL bar and all-around title. Culton also represented the Tar Heels at the NCAA Athens Regional.
North Carolina opened the season with a school record score of 195.200 against New Hampshire and the program finished 39th nationally on the bars, moving up 11 spots from the 2020 season.
Prior to moving to Chapel Hill, Hayden served as a volunteer assistant at Michigan during the 2020 season. He was named the WCGA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Wolverines to the 2020 Big Ten regular season title. The team posted the top two team scores in program history with a 197.950 at the Elevate the Stage meet in Toledo, Ohio, and a 197.900 at home against New Hampshire.
Hayden spent the 2018-19 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Penn State, helping the Nittany Lions to a 10-9 record and a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He also worked for Centre Elite Gymnastics in State College, Pennsylvania, from 2016-19, helping coach bars and spotting on floor, while managing the strength and conditioning program.
Hayden was a member of the United States’ 2013 Junior National Team. He competed collegiately at Penn State from 2015-18, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was a team captain as a senior and competed on four events during the team’s 2015 Big Ten Championship run.