March 4, 2013
“Jenny is one of the top coaches in the country and she’s the perfect person for this position,” Graba said. “I think it’s important to have Jenny in this role as we enter the next phase of our program.”
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. 11 and just its second win over a top-six team since 1998 with the upset victory over then-No. 6 LSU on February 22.
In 2012, Auburn recorded the second-highest regional score in program history with its 196.100 performance. The mark ranked 12th nationally and would’ve been good enough to send the Tigers to nationals in two other regions.
“I am very honored to accept this position,” Rowland said. “It’s been such a privilege to work for the university for the last two-plus years and be a part of the Auburn family. This is the first time I have been associated with a university that from the athletic department to the coaching staff to the team has had so much passion and dedication towards a common goal as we have here.
“The support from the community has been tremendous and I look forward to continuing to grow with the gymnastics program under Jeff’s direction as it takes the next step. I want to say a special thanks to Dr. Gogue, Jay Jacobs and David Mines for helping to facilitate this opportunity.”
Under Rowland’s tutelage, Auburn has impressed on balance beam in 2013. The Tigers rank eighth nationally in balance beam RQS with a score of 49.080. Both Megan Walker (9.865) and Caitlin Atkinson (9.855) rank in the top 17 nationally in individual balance beam RQS.
As associate head coach, Rowland will continue her role working 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 will also continue in her role as lead balance beam coach and in her work with floor exercise dance and routine construction. Additionally, Rowland lends her judging expertise through video breakdown of Auburn’s routines.
“Promoting Jenny, not only rewards her, but it also raises the expectations for our program,” Graba said. “We are going to the next level, which means we need to have a recipe for how we are going to manage ourselves at the next level and her serving as associate head coach accomplishes that goal.”
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 a six-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.