Jenny Rowland,a former All-American and USA World Championship team member, is in her fifth season on the Auburn coaching staff. She was promoted to Associate Head Coach in March 2013.
As associate head coach, Rowland works with all aspects of the Auburn gymnastics program. She coordinates all of the program's community outreach efforts and interactions on campus as well as playing an integral role in recruiting and in-gym activities.
Rowland also serves as the lead balance beam coach and works with floor exercise dance and routine construction. Additionally, Rowland lends her judging expertise through video breakdown of Auburn's routines.
As part of the current Auburn coaching staff, Rowland has been part of the leadership that guided the Tigers to its highest ranking since 2009 at No. 10 in 2014 after being No. 11 in 2013 and just its second win over a top-six team since 1998 with the upset victory over then-No. 6 LSU in February 2013 with a program-record score of 197.175.
One of the many high points in the 2014 season came with a win at No. 10 Arkansas 196.550-196.100 for the Tigers first win in six meetings in Fayetteville.Auburn (197.000) posted its second highest score of 197 or higher in 2014 against Missouri, marking the first time that an Auburn team has accomplished the feat. The Tigers have scored 197 or higher three times in the last 15 meets, a plateau that had only been reached once in the program's previous 38 years of competition. Eight of the top 10 scores in program history have now been achieved under head coach Jeff Graba and his staff.
Caitlin Atkinson and MJ Rott were named National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women regular season All-Americans. Atkinson, Brittany Webster and Megan Walker were named All-SEC while Rott was a Freshman All-SEC selection. The Tigers ranked 20th in the nation in balance beam RQS while Walker was 18th (9.885) and Atkinson (9.880) was 20th nationally on beam.
Auburnadvanced to the2014 Baton Rouge regionalwhile the Tigers won the SEC Gymnastics Championship afternoon session for the second year in a row and finished fifth overall.
Under Rowland's tutelage, Auburn impressed on balance beam in 2013. The Tigers ranked seventh nationally in balance beam RQS with a score of 49.195. Both Megan Walker and Caitlin Atkinson finished the 2013 season ranked in the top 30 nationally in individual balance beam RQS.
In 2012, Auburn recorded the then second-highest regional score in program history with its 196.100 performance in Auburn Arena. The mark ranked 12th nationally and would've been good enough to send the Tigers to nationals in two other regions.
Rowland joined the Auburn staff in 2010 after spending the previous four years as a gymnastics judge on the national and international levels. She is an eight-time USA Championship judge, served as a U.S. Olympic Trials judge in 2008 and 2012. Rowland currently serves as an International Brevet judge.
She achieved the rank of Level 3 International Brevet judge in 2013.
Rowland spent five years from 2001-2006 as a women's assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma where she coached the 2004 Big XII Champions, three-time team NCAA qualifiers (2004-2006) and three Big XII Gymnasts of the Year.
As a gymnast, Rowland was a USA National Team member from 1985-1990 and was on the 1989 USA World Championship Team. She competed collegiately at Arizona State University, where she was an Uneven Bars All-American in 1993.
Rowland received her bachelor's degree in health and sports sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She is married to Garon Rowland, a two-time All-American gymnast at Oklahoma, and the couple has two daughters, Ella and Emmy.