Kyla Ross, an Olympic gold winner, and five-time NCAA champion, has been promoted to assistant coach of the Arkansas Gymbacks after one season as a volunteer.
“I can’t wait to be a member of the Arkansas Razorback family for the rest of my career!” We owe a debt of gratitude to Jordyn Wieber and Razorback Athletics for providing us with this wonderful opportunity,” Ross said. “I can’t wait to keep working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their athletic, intellectual, and personal development goals. ” This season, I’m looking forward to calling the Hogs with Razorback supporters many more times! Oh my God, a pig!”
Ross’ primary role in Arkansas’ 2022 season was as the team’s balance beam coach. Against Florida on Jan. 28, she set a new school record of 49.475 and instantly made an impression.
After finishing 16th overall and placing as high as 8th on a few occasions during the season, the beam was Arkansas’ best event. Throughout 13 events, the Hogs recorded 16 beam routines with a score of 9.9 or above and claimed the beam title six times.
When Ross first started coaching gymnastics, it resulted in one of the greatest collegiate gymnastics careers ever. While at UCLA, Ross took home four individual NCAA championships, one for each event and the 2018 team championship. In her career, she’s one of only 12 gymnasts to get a perfect ten on every occasion and one of only two to do so twice. First, in women’s history, she won three different types of championships: the Olympic, World, and NCAA.
Ross and Wieber’s relationship has endured for nearly a decade, from their time in London in 2012 to their time at UCLA and now Arkansas, where they have worked together as teammates, athletes, coaches, and coworkers.
“Hiring Kyla as our new assistant coach fills me with joy and confidence. She’s a well-rounded athlete with a strong work ethic and a deep love for the game. She has already had a significant impact on our program, and I am confident that she will continue to do so,” Wieber added. Coaching with my Olympic teammate and helping Arkansas Gymnastics reach new heights is an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Arkansas is the first and only NCAA women’s gymnastics team to boast an all-Olympic coaching staff, thanks to Wieber, Ross, and Chris Brooks. At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Brooks served as the men’s team captain and finished 14th in the all-around competition. A decade ago, Wieber and Ross were part of the Fierce Five, which won the first-ever gold medal in women’s gymnastics for the United States when they competed in London.