Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania athletic department has hired Keri Monahan as an assistant coach of women’s gymnastics. Monahan will work primarily on balance beam instruction for the Quakers.
“I'm extremely excited to work with the team of gymnasts and coaches at Penn,” Monahan said. “Gymnastics training and competition at any age is no easy feat, and it only gets more challenging for young women as they become adults and college students. Balancing high-level gymnastics with Ivy League academics represents such an extraordinary commitment by these women. I consider it a privilege to be given an opportunity to play a role in their success.”
Formerly an outstanding gymnast at Stanford, Monahan earned a number of all-conference and academic awards with the Cardinal. During her time there, Monahan was a two-time captain who won the team’s most valuable player honors three times. She was a member of the 1995 regional championship and 1998 Pac-10 championship teams and earned All-Pac-10 honors in the all-around in 1996. A two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, she was also named a NACGC Academic All-American following her senior year in 1998.
Prior to Stanford, Monahan was a successful club gymnast, earning a spot on the Senior National Division Team in 1993, as well as taking first on beam and third all-around at the U.S. Classic National Championships in 1993. In 1988, she competed for the National Team in the Junior B division.
Monahan most recently coached at The Gymnastics Academy in Cherry Hill, N.J. from 2000 to 2003. At the Academy, she was responsible for all training and state and regional competitions.
“Keri Monahan will bring a wealth of competitive experience and great enthusiasm to the program,” Penn gymnastics Head Coach Tom Kovic said. “As a former Stanford standout, Keri fully understands and appreciates the many demands our student-athletes face on a daily basis. I believe without a doubt that Keri's presence will raise the team’s competitiveness to a new level.”
Monahan earned her A.B. degree in human biology from Stanford and holds a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University School of Public Health. In addition to her coaching duties with the Quakers, Monahan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology at Penn.
-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant