PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of gymnastics, John Ceralde, has announced the hiring of Jessy Smith as his assistant coach. Smith was a member of the gymnastics team at Iowa State and more recently served as an assistant coach with the Cyclones for two years.
“I am very thrilled to add Jessy to my staff,” said Ceralde. “With her background and experience she will certainly contribute positively to this program.”
For the past two years Smith has served as the competitive team director at Perfect Balance Gymnastics Academy in Mays Landing, N.J. Smith’s duties included planning curriculum for team members and coaching bars and beam competitors, as well as floor and beam choreography.
After completing her four years of eligibility, Smith remained with Iowa State as a volunteer assistant coach. During her time as an assistant with the Cyclones, Smith was also a coach at the Cardinal Gymnastics Academy in Ames, Iowa. She guided level-nine and level-10 competitors to the USA Gymnastics National Championships in 2004. Smith also trained one level-eight competitor who won the 2004 A-team Region IV Championship.
Smith served as the head compulsory coach at Cardinal Gymnastics from 2001-2003. She was in charge of planning workouts and conditioning for individuals, and teaching the fundamentals of gymnastics.
As a senior, Smith captained Iowa State in 2001. Her junior year the Cyclones were the Big XII team champions and qualified for the NCAA National Championships. That same year, Smith was voted Unsung Heroine by her coaches and teammates. As a freshman, Smith was voted Most Valuable Gymnast by her coaches and teammates.
Smith graduated from Iowa State in 2003 with a degree of liberal studies.