04-02-16 - NCAA gymnastics regional - Ann Arbor, Mich.
1-17-16 Elevate the Stage: Alabama vs Auburn Gymnastics in Birmingham, Ala.
Mary McDaniel is in her third season as an assistant coach on The Plains after joining the staff on Jun 4, 2015. McDaniel’s primary responsibility is coaching balance beam, while also assisting in recruiting and the other three events.
The youthful Auburn team finished in the Top 20 nationally on beam in 2017, while Taylor Krippner was among the nation's best in the event. Behind McDaniel's guidance, the then-sophomore set a career-best 9.925.
In her first year with the Tigers, the beam corps finished 12th in the nation with a RQS score of 49.215. Caitlin Atkinson earned NACGC/W All-America first team honors in the event with a regular season RQS of 9.910. In addition, her 9.925 on the apparatus at the SEC Championship led to an All-SEC selection.
Under McDaniel’s guidance, Abby Milliet and Lexus Demers each came in fourth on beam at SECs, while Krippner was placed on the SEC All-Freshman team for her efforts in the event.
Prior to Auburn, McDaniel spent four seasons at Kentucky where she coached the Wildcats on the balance beam and coordinated dance routines for floor exercise.
In 2014, McDaniel's third season in Lexington, the Wildcats recorded two team scores that rank among the top 10 in program history and three in the top 20. On balance beam, senior Audrey Harrison became the first UK gymnast to advance to the NCAA Championship since 2010 as she tied for the win on beam at the NCAA Regional.
Beam proved to be one of Kentucky's best and most consistent events as a team in 2012. The Wildcats ranked in the top 20 on the event for much of 2012.
McDaniel came to UK after a successful 20-year stint as a club coach in Kansas where she worked at McCracken's Gymnastics and Swim in Olathe, Kan. She held countless titles there, including head coach and meet director since 1991. While in Olathe, McDaniel was directly responsible for all aspects of McCracken's team program, including personally training and coaching all level nine and 10 gymnasts and helping design routines, practice schedules and performance requirements.
Over her 20-plus years of coaching club, McDaniel has coached numerous athletes to USA Gymnastics Western Nationals and level 10 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Nationals. McDaniel has also coached numerous athletes to state and regional championships, while helping a large handful of gymnasts to Division I programs across the nation.
While coaching at McCracken's Gymnastics, McDaniel spent 15 years as a member of the USA Gymnastics Kansas State Administrative Committee, helping organize state clinics and other gymnastics activities around the state.
McDaniel began coaching in 1987 as a level four and five beam and floor coach at McCracken's Gymnastics before moving to Gym Country Gymnastics in Tulsa, Okla., where she served as the beam and floor coach for a year.
The native of Olathe graduated from the University of Kansas in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in exercise science.
She is married to Ken McDaniel and the couple has one daughter, Isabelle.