Oct. 5, 2010
AUBURN, Ala.--Jenny Rowland, a former All-American and USA World Championship team member, has been named as an assistant gymnastics coach at Auburn, head coach Jeff Graba announced Tuesday.
"I am very excited to be adding Jenny to our staff," Graba said. "She has a vast knowledge of gymnastics, and her experience as a judge, coach and competitor at the highest levels of our sport will be invaluable to our program."
Rowland joins the Auburn staff after spending the last four years as a gymnastics judge on the national and international level. She is a six-time USA Championship judge, judged the US Olympic Trials in 2008 and still serves as an International Brevet judge.
Rowland spent 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.
"I am very honored to be a part of a new era in Auburn Gymnastics," Rowland said. "I feel that with Jeff's experience and leadership, Kurt Hettinger's dedication and the athlete's determination this team can only improve on what is already a successful program."
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 bar All-American in 1993.
"I have been fortunate to have coached and judged a variety of gymnasts ranging from club to collegiate athletes," Rowland said. "I intend to utilize my past experiences to foster a positive environment for these young women both in the gym and classroom."
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, and the couple has two daughters, Ella and Emmy.