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Highlights and interview with Auburn head coach Jeff Graba following the team's Intrasquad Meet on Friday, Oct. 28.
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Three-time SEC Coach of the Year Jeff Graba enters his eighth season at the helm of the Auburn gymnastics program in 2018 and has guided the Tigers record heights during his time on The Plains.
For his efforts over the past seven seasons, the Minnesota native was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and SEC co-Coach of the Year in 2012.
The youthful 2017 squad finished the season strong, picking up their two top team scores at the SEC Championship and the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Six Tigers were named All-SEC for their performances in the afternoon session, marking a program-best number in conference honorees in a season.
Graba and the 2016 team added to the list of firsts for the program under his guidance. The Tigers snapped the 117-meet losing skid to Alabama in February of that season, defeating the Crimson Tide at home (197.275-197.250). Auburn also defeated Georgia in Athens for the first time in program history, setting a new program-high road score on the way (197.325).
In addition, the Tigers earned the program's first No. 1 NCAA regional seed and captured the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional title with a 196.525.
Auburn enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 as Graba led the Tigers to the NCAA Championship Super Six for the first time in 22 years. That season, Auburn broke or tied 52 program records that season.
Auburn's sixth place finish at the Super Six was the Tigers' second best in history and highest since 1993 with a NCAA nationals record score of 197.075. The Tigers also had a program record Super Six score of 195.625.
Auburn reached the 2015 NCAA Championship for the first time since 2003 and for only the fourth time overall as the Tigers tied a school-best with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Regional with a regional record score of 196.900.
In six seasons, Graba has led his student-athletes to 12 All-America honors (both NACGC/W and NCAA) and 11 All-SEC recognitions. Leading the way was Atkinson who amassed nine All-America nods and named SEC Gymnast of the Year in 2016.
With the help of continuous progress, Graba and the Tigers have enjoyed growth when it comes to home attendance each season. Each season, the team’s attendance average has climbed higher and higher and after averaging just 3,583 fans in his first season, Auburn finished 2016 with an average of 6,234. That marked ranked sixth nationally. In addition, the Tigers enjoyed a pair of sellouts (7,424).
|Hometown||Forest Lake, Minnesota|
|College||Minnesota, Salem Int'l|
daughters, Jaymie, Kyla & Shayla
sons, Bryan and Jason
|As of September 2017|
|Head Coaching Career||8th season in 2018|
|Record at Auburn||77-106-2|
|SEC Coach of the Year||3 (2012, 2014, 2015)|
|Record Team Score (Auburn program record)||197.750 vs. #9 Georgia
(Feb. 27, 2015)
|2010-Present||Auburn - Head Coach|
|2006-2010||Utah - Asst. Coach|
|2004-2005||Utah State - Asst. Coach|
|1995-2003||Midwest Gym. - Head Coach|
|1992-1998||Hamline Univ. - Asst. Coach|
|1988-1995||Flips Gym. - Head Coach|
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Away from competition, Graba’s teams have also been outstanding in the classroom. In total, the Tigers have totaled 30 NACGC/W Scholastic All-America nods and 66 SEC Academic Honor Roll recognitions.
Graba was named Auburn head coach on August 16, 2010. He came to The Plains after spending five years as an assistant coach at Utah. While with the Utes, he earned the 2009 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year while coaching bars, collaborating on floor routines and serving as the recruiting coordinator.
During his first four years as an assistant, Utah finished as the NCAA runner-up three times and placed third once. Graba has also coached nine NCAA All-American gymnasts to 20 All-America performances.
As Utah's bars coach, he tutored Kristina Baskett to a 2006 NCAA uneven bars title as a freshman in his first trip to the NCAA Championships.
Prior to his stint at Utah, Graba spent two years as an assistant coach at Utah State. In 2005, he coached the Aggies to their first Western Gymnastics Conference championship and their first regional appearance in three years. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as the head of recruiting and assisted with the strength and conditioning program.
From 1995-2003, Graba was the co-owner and head coach of Midwest Gymnastics Club in Arden Hills, Minn. He had three gymnasts qualify Elite in his last three years with the club and had several level 8, 9 and 10 regional and national competitors.
Graba's collegiate coaching career began at Hamline University from 1992-98. While in St. Paul, Minn., his highlights included six-consecutive trips to the Division III National Championships and a runner-up finish in 1996. Eleven of his gymnasts combined to win 26 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) All-America citations.
In addition to coaching at Hamline, Graba was also the head coach at Flips Gymnastics Center in Minneapolis from 1988-95. While there, he coached level 10 gymnast Sarah Reiling-Hildebrand, who made the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Teams.
Graba is a native of Forest Lake, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in economics and earned his M.B.A. from Salem International University in 2011. He and his wife, Bridget, have five children: Bryan, Jaymie, Jason, Kyla and Shayla.