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Kim Parsons
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: James Madison
Graduating Year: 2010
Experience: 3 Years

Kim Parsons was hired in September 2012 and recently completed her third season as an assistant coach with the Penn gymnastics program in 2015.

It was a championship type season for Penn in 2015 hosting and winning the Ivy Classic, giving the program 12 overall Ivy Classic championships.

The Ivy Classic win was followed by hosting the USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championships for the first time in program history inside The Palestra. Penn placed two individuals - Elyse Shenberger and Morgan Venuti - on the USAG All-America First-team.

In addition to the Ivy Classic championship, the Quakers scored top-five all-time team scores on all four events, including the second highest beam score (49.025) in program history.

In 2014, Penn gymnastics proudly opened one of the top training facilities in nation with the debut of the Nalitt Family Gymnastics Center as part of the newly renovated Hutchinson Gymnasium. The state-of-the-art training facility features space for four balance beams, two vaulting runways, three sets of uneven bars, a trench-channel single bar, the floor exercise and a tumbling strip.

The facility helped elevate the gymnatics program as 11 Penn gymnasts set a total of 22 career-high scores in one of the four events during the course of the season. In the final competition of the season at USAGs, freshman Rachel Graham earned Second-team All-America on floor.

In 2013, the Quakers won the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships for the second straight year – the first time in school history. Penn also placed five gymnasts on the All-ECAC team, with three earning first-team and two second-team.

Parsons came to Penn in 2012 after spending the previous year as the assistant coach at Temple University, where she worked primarily with beam while assisting floor and vault. With Parsons' help, the Owls broke program records in both vaulting and team score, and fifth-year senior Katie Canning claimed the ECAC beam and all-around titles.

Head Coach John Ceralde said at the time of her hiring, “I am pleased to welcome Kim to our coaching staff. Her enthusiasm for the sport of gymnastics is apparent, and I know she will bring positive energy to our team. I am looking forward to working with her so we may reach our program goals for the upcoming season."

"It is truly an amazing opportunity to join this program under Coach Ceralde," Parsons said. "I could not be more excited! I believe I share his passion and commitment in continuing the success of Penn gymnastics, and I am anxious to help any way I can."

Prior to her stint at Temple, Parsons was the associate head coach at MIT for the 2010-11 season, where she helped lead the program win the 2011 National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) National Championship. That team also boasted the NAIGC all-around champion in Julia Zimmerman; the vault co-champions in Zimmerman and Zara Karuman; and the uneven bars champion in Karuman. In the summers, Parsons worked as a director at Woodward Gymnastics Camp (Pa.), where she assisted in the management of a gym staff of 30 coaches and 200-300 gymnasts per week (Rec to Level 10/Elite).

Parsons graduated from James Madison University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in History. A member of the Dukes' gymnastics team -- which went from varsity to club status during her time on campus -- she earned the program's Most Dedicated award as a senior and the Most Team Spirit award as a freshman. Parsons also holds a Master's degree in teaching from Boston University.

A native of Stoughton, Mass., Parsons currently resides in Philadelphia.


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