Kristen Smyth Named Women's Gymnastics Head Coach

June 19, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University Athletic Director Ted Leland announced the hiring of Kristen Smyth as head women's gymnastics coach on Tuesday. Smyth has spent the last five seasons at Arizona State University.

'Kristen is an outstanding addition to our department,' Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland said. 'She is one of the top up-and-coming women's gymnastics coaches in the nation.'

'I am very excited,' Smyth said. 'I think that the Stanford program has so much potential, and am optimistic about next year's team. The team only graduated one senior, and returns four All-Americans, three great senior leaders and two outstanding incoming freshmen. This is really a great opportunity.'

Smyth came to Tempe as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In all, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons. Last year, Arizona State finished second in NCAA Regional competition and ninth at the NCAA Championships.

During her tenure at ASU, she enjoyed tremendous success coaching the Sun Devil floor exercise and balance beam artists. She led Sun Devils gymnasts to seven All-American honors in the floor and five All-American honors and one NCAA Individual Championship (Elizabeth Reid, 1997) in the beam. In addition to her responsibilities with the Sun Devils, Smyth was president of the Lady Devil Gymnastics Camp, which is an elite summer program for girls aged 5-17.

Prior to her arrival at Arizona State, Smyth danced professionally for three years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Collegiately, Smyth is one of the top gymnasts in both Pacific-10 Conference and University of California history. The 1993 graduate of California was named the Golden Bears' Gymnast of the Decade, and was a nominee for Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Decade honors. She was both a three-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American, and led California to its first-ever NCAA Championship berth in 1992.

Smyth and her husband Scott Green, who was a gymnast and men's gymnastics assistant coach on an NCAA Championship team at California, have a six-week old daughter named Maya.

Smyth takes over for Mark Cook, who resigned on May 7 after four years on The Farm to become the head coach at the University of Arkansas. Last season, Stanford captured the Pacific-10 Conference title and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships.

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