Oct. 10, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jacob Lee will join the University of Iowa women’s gymnastics staff as an assistant coach, announced head coach Larissa Libby. Lee will serve as the floor exercise coach and assist on the vault and uneven bars.
“Jake is very passionate about gymnastics,” said Libby. “He has an incredible pedigree behind him. His dad was a U.S. national team coach, and Jacob was an outstanding gymnast himself. His drive to succeed at the highest level combined with his club connections and overall knowledge of the sport will provide an immediate impact on the program. We are very excited to have Jake join the Hawkeye family and look forward to working with him in the years to come.”
Lee graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a degree in applied economics. Lee was a three-time All-American (twice for all-around and once for parallel bars), Big Ten Freshman Gymnast of the Year, Nissen-Emery Award Finalist and was twice named to the All-Big Ten First Team.
“I was a college gymnast myself,” said Lee. “I love the atmosphere. I love working with the athletes, and I’m here to make a difference.”
For the past four years, Lee served as the education coordinator and team coach for TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Both of Lee’s parents were gymnasts at Ohio State and coached Missy Marlow to the 1988 Olympic Games. They currently operate their own club, USA Gymnastics World, in Bountiful, Utah.
The GymHawks will open their season with the annual Black and Gold intrasquad on December 2 at the UI Field House in Iowa City.