Mike Lorenzen Named Women's Assistant Coach

June 29, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Mike Lorenzen, who has enjoyed outstanding coaching success at both the collegiate and club level for more than 20 years, has been named Stanford's new women's assistant gymnastics coach. His appointment was announced on Wednesday by Kristen Smyth, Stanford's head women's gymnastics coach.

'I am excited to add Mike Lorenzen to the Stanford coaching staff,' said Smyth. 'Mike is going to be an outstanding addition to our program and I am confident he will make an immediate impact on our team. He has enjoyed success in every arena he has coached and lends exceptional technical skills as well as strong spotting abilities.'

Lorenzen enjoyed collegiate succcess as the head coach at the University of Iowa (1999-2004). During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Lorenzen coached the Iowa program to its first team trip to the NCAA Tournament (2003) and a second appearance in 2004. Lorenzen coached seven Big-10 individual champions, and five NCAA All-Americans. In 2004, Iowa was ranked #1 in the conference, and for his efforts, Lorenzen was named Big-10 Coach of the Year. Lorenzen also won Coach of the Year honors in 2001.

Lorenzen began his collegiate coaching career at Yale University (1987-89) as a graduate assistant coach, and then later as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island (1989-90) and the University of Maryland (1992-93). Lorenzen earned his first head coaching position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1995-96).

Since 2004, Lorenzen has been the Gymnastics Program Director at the Woodward Camp (Pa). The Woodward Camp is the largest gymnastics and action sports training camp in the world. His responsibilities included promotion and marketing, hiring and evaluation of staff, managing of summer gymnastics programming, and design and execution of summer training programs for staff and athletes.

From 1996-99, Lorenzen served as a Junior Olympics Program Director, Head Level 10 Coach, and an Assistant Elite Coach at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. The Academy, during Lorenzen's tenure, produced three Junior Olympic national champions, and eight Junior Olympic National Qualifiers.

Lorenzen obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1986. Lorenzen graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was Phi Beta Kappa. Lorenzen also obtained a Masters degree in International Relations in 1989 from Yale University.

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