PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head gymnastics coach, John Ceralde, has announced the addition of Kirsten Strausbaugh to his coaching staff for the 2015-16 season.
A 2013 Penn graduate, Strausbaugh returns to the Red and Blue just two years removed from a standout gymnastics career of her own. The two-time captain helped lead the Quakers to consecutive Ivy Classic championships in 2011 and 2012, and back-to-back ECAC titles during her junior and senior seasons. Strausbaugh was twice named Penn’s Most Valuable Gymnast as well as the squad’s Most Inspirational Gymnast. As a senior, Strausbaugh was an NCAA Regional qualifier in the all-around and the ECAC Gymnast of the Year. At the end of that year, she was Penn's nominee for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
“Kirsten coming back to Penn is a dream come true for all of us,” said Ceralde, who enters his 10th season as Penn’s head coach. “Her personality and character -- which defined her as a highly decorated Ivy, ECAC and USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Champion when she was a student-athlete -- make her a perfect fit as a Penn coach.”
“I am very excited to be back at Penn and to be working with Coach Ceralde,” said Strausbaugh. “I had an amazing student-athlete experience in his program, and am thrilled to join him on the coaching staff. I am looking forward to the season and contributing to the continued success of Penn Gymnastics. This is my favorite university and gymnastics program in the country, and I am honored by this opportunity.”
Last year, Strausbaugh was associate head coach of the Florida State University Club Gymnastics Team. She also served as a recreational coach at FSU’s home facility, the Trousdell Gymnastics Center. Additionally, Strausbaugh is a member of the Penn Gymnastics Sports Board, assisting with fundraising efforts and helping generate support for the program.
Strausbaugh graduated from Penn with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Consumer Psychology.