McCreary, Duggan Hired As Assistant Gymnastic Coaches

June 30, 2006

SEATTLE -- University of Washington women's gymnastics head coach Joanne Bowers announced the hiring of David McCreary and Shanna Duggan as assistant coaches today. Bowers and her staff are slated to begin working full-time on July 10.

McCreary brings to Washington over 20 years of gymnastics coaching experience. He most recently served as head coach and competitive team program director for the club Arizona Sunrays (2000-2005), which produced numerous collegiate gymnasts, including former Husky Jessica Brown. Prior to that, McCreary ran the program for West Valley Gymnastics in Campbell, Calif. from 1996-2000 and owned Gymagic Gymnastics in Sacramento, Calif., from 1987-1996.

'David McCreary has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years and is a greattechnician,' said Bowers. 'He also has many contacts on the west coast that will help usrecruit. He is the type of person I was looking for to help us move this program back to the national level. I am very excited to get him.'

McCreary was also an assistant coach at the collegiate level, working from 1985-87 at Oregon State University. While assisting the Beavers, OSU placed sixth at the NCAA Nationals in 1985 and 12th in 1987.

McCreary graduated from Illinois State University in 1978.

Duggan is following Bowers to Washington from Michigan, where she was the volunteer coach for the Wolverines last season. Duggan is a 2005 graduate of Michigan, where she earned her degree in sports management and communications.

Duggan lettered in 2005 at Michigan, where she earned Second-Team All-Big Ten Conference honors, Academic All-American honors and All-Big Ten Academic honors. Duggan spent her first three years of college at Central Michigan University where she was the MAC Champion on vault as a freshman and a NACGC Academic All-American.

'She is a great young coach who interacts well with the girls and really knows how toteach,' said Bowers of Duggan. 'She is a Canadian who will play an important role in helping to recruit Canada also. The three of us are very excited to be able to work together and to be able to be at a great school like the University of Washington.'

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