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Stanford's Smyth steps down as women gymnastics coach

 

Kristen Smyth is stepping down as head coach of the Stanford women's gymnastics team, as announced Friday by Director of Athletics Bernard Muir.

"I am thankful for Kristen's contributions to our gymnastics program over her 16 years of service," said Muir. "Under her leadership, the program reached new heights competitively while maintaining high standards in the classroom."


Kristen Smyth.
Smyth led the Cardinal to unprecedented success in the gym during her tenure, including seven NCAA Super Six appearances and four top-four finishes. Of Stanford's 115 All-America honors, 95 have come under Smyth's leadership.

The 2012 season was particularly noteworthy, with a program-high seven All-Americans and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championship meet, only 0.35 out of first place.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity Stanford has given me to work with incredible student-athletes and colleagues," said Smyth. "I'm proud of all that we have accomplished and am confident the program is poised for continued success."

Smyth's teams also achieved in the classroom, earning 126 NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors and maintaining a 100 percent graduation rate.

Stanford will immediately launch a search for Smyth's replacement.

— Stanford Athletics

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