Hawkeyes lead heading into final rotation; sophomore Alie Glover wins all-around title
The UI women's gymnastics team is in search of its 7th-straight NCAA berth
Event scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.
Iowa at No. 6 Georgia Stegeman Coliseum Athens, Ga. Jan. 20, 2014 Photos by Jack Lewis
Jacob Lee enters his third year as assistant coach at the University of Iowa in 2014-15.
In 2014 during Lee's second year in Iowa City, six Hawkeyes were selected for NCAA Regional competition. Sophomore Alie Glover, freshman Angel Metcalf, and junior Sydney Hoerr were selected as all-around competitors, while freshman Jordyn Doherty was chosen to compete on vault and freshman Mollie Drenth competed on floor. Sophomore Maryah Huntley was selected as the alternate behind Drenth on floor. Lee helped coach junior Sydney Hoerr to second team All-Big Ten honors, while Hoerr, junior Caitlin Tanzer and sophomore Alie Glover earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Lee completed his first year at Iowa in 2013, helping guide Iowa to its sixth-straight NCAA postseason appearance. Lee, responsible for coaching floor and vault, led the floor team to a 49.140 NCAA Regional Qualifying Score, ranking 21st nationally. The vault squad registered a 49.020 Regional Qualifying Score.
Under Lee's guidance, freshman Kyra Trowbridge finished sixth on floor at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, tying a personal-best 9.900. Additionally, sophomore Emma Willis earned a career-best 9.925 on the vault in the victory against Iowa State, winning the event title.
Prior to joining the staff at Iowa, Lee spent four years as the education coordinator and team coach for TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Lee graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a degree in applied economics. Lee was a three-time All-American (twice for all-around and once for parallel bars), Big Ten Freshman Gymnast of the Year, Nissen-Emery Award Finalist and was twice named to the All-Big Ten First Team.
"Jake is very passionate about gymnastics," said UI head coach Larissa Libby. "He has an incredible pedigree behind him. His dad was a U.S. national team coach, and Jacob was an outstanding gymnast himself. His drive to succeed at the highest level, combined with his club connections and overall knowledge of the sport, will provide an immediate impact on the program. We are very excited to have Jake join the Hawkeye family and look forward to working with him in the years to come."
Both of Lee's parents were gymnasts at Ohio State and coached Missy Marlow to the 1988 Olympic Games. They currently operate their own club, USA Gymnastics World, in Bountiful, Utah.
"I was a college gymnast myself," said Lee. "I love the atmosphere. I love working with the athletes, and I'm here to make a difference."