Gymnastics Claims Top Central Region Awards
BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach D-D Breaux, sophomore gymnast Rheagan Courville, associate head coach Jay Clark and assistant coach Bob Moore earned Central Region awards, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced Monday.
Courville won Central Region Gymnast of the Year, Breaux earned Central Region Coach of the Year and Clark and Moore shared Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
The SEC Gymnast of the Year, Courville is the first LSU gymnast to win Central Region Gymnast of the Year since Susan Jackson in 2010.
Breaux is now a six-time recipient of the region coach of the year award as she also won it in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.
This marks the fourth time Moore has earned assistant coach of the year honors as he won it in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Clark is in his first season as a coach in the central region, but he also earned 2006 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year as well as 2006 NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
This season Courville captured the SEC all-around, vault and beam titles at the SEC Championship, finishing with a career-high 39.750 all-around total. Courville leads the nation with nine all-around victories this season, and she has established career highs on each event this season as well, posting a 10.0 on vault, 9.95 on bars, 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor.
Breaux guided the Tigers to the No. 5 national seed at the NCAA Championships, and she coached the team to the 12th regional title in school history with a 197.275 at the NCAA Columbus Regional on April 6. LSU finished in third place at the SEC Championship on March 23 with the third-best score in school history at 197.700, and that marked the highest finish at SECs for the Tigers since 2005 when LSU placed second.
Moore’s vaulting squad ranks No. 1 in the nation with a 49.495 regional qualifying score, and the Tigers have ranked no lower than No. 3 all year. Under Moore’s guidance, LSU has scored five of the top 10 vault totals in school history this season, including a season-high 49.600 that ranks as the third-best total in team history.
Clark has added a boost in confidence and performance in his first season with the team. He serves as the bars coach, and the Tigers have shown marked improvement since last season, jumping up to No. 11 nationally in the event with a 49.260 RQS.
No. 5 LSU (20-6) is back at practice gearing up for the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles. The Tigers will take part in Semifinal I at 2 p.m. CT on April 19 inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
Tickets to the NCAA Championships are available by visiting www.NCAA.com/wgymnastics.
2013 Central Region Awards
Coach of the Year: D-D Breaux, LSU
Gymnast of the Year: Rheagan Courville, LSU
Co-Assistant Coach of the Year: Jay Clark & Bob Moore, LSU
Administrator of the Year: David Mines, Auburn