Former Alabama gymnast joins Crimson Tide coaching staff

Alabama Gymnastics announced a new addition to the coaching staff Thursday afternoon.

Former Crimson Tide gymnast and 2000 SEC champion Gina Quinlan is Alabama’s new assistant coach.

“I am beyond excited to return to my alma mater to pursue my coaching career,” Quinlan said in a press release. “The University of Alabama is committed to academic excellence, with tremendous energy, pride, and tradition surrounding our athletics program. Alabama Athletics’ dominance is unparalleled.

She has spent over 20 years in club gymnastics with the last 11 at Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX. Quinlan has helped train over 30 gymnasts for NCAA Division I scholarships and trained several members of the Junior Olympic National Team.

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“I have spent more than 21 years in the club gymnastics community and look forward to strengthening those relationships and continuing to recruit more of the nation’s top athletes to advance their careers at Alabama,” said Quinlan.

Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth said she’s thrilled to have Quinlan join the staff.

“She brings extraordinary depth to our team as a seasoned coach with an incredible technical, process-oriented eye,” Duckworth said in a press release. “She is a compassionate woman whose experience and style aligns with the core values ​​of Alabama gymnastics. Speaking with several of her former gymnasts who competed at the NCAA level, it was evident that “She was developing genuine, genuine connections with her athletes and having a direct positive impact on the rest of their lives far beyond the arena floor.”

Quinlan replaces Bill Lorenz on the team that was assistant coach from 2015-2021. She joins fellow assistant coach Ryan Roberts, who has been on staff since 2018, and volunteer assistant Oleksii Koltakov, who joined the program in 2021.

“I’m so excited to work with Dana, Ryan, Oleksii and this talented team and to continue to help develop young women not just as athletes, but as people in their own right,” Quinlan said.

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