Women's gymnastics hires new assistant coach

BY MATT CABEL | OCTOBER 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team has announced the addition of Jacob Lee to its coaching staff. Lee will be the floor exercise coach and help with vault and uneven bars.

“Jake is very passionate about gymnastics,” head coach Larissa Libby said in a release. “His drive to succeed at the highest level combined with his club connections and overall knowledge of the sport will provide an immediate impact on the program. We are very excited to have Jake join the Hawkeye family and look forward to working with him in the years to come.

Libby said Lee has an “incredible pedigree behind him” — the new Hawkeyes’ father was a U.S. national team coach and helped Lee reach a high level of gymnastics.

Lee, a 2007 applied economics graduate from Minnesota, was a three-time All-American, receiving the award once for parallel bars and twice for all-around. He also received the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, was a Nissen-Emery Award finalist, and was named All-Big Ten first team twice during his career as a Golden Gopher.

Before joining the GymHawks, Lee worked as the team coach and education coordinator for TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Lee will first be seen with the GymHawks at their season-opening intrasquad meet on Dec. 2 in the Field House.

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