Rachel Slocum Joins @SunDevilGym Coaching Staff
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State gymnastics and head coach Jay Santos have announced the addition of former Florida All-American gymnast Rachel Slocum to the coaching staff as the new volunteer assistant coach.
Slocum was a four-time All-American for the Gators, competing from 2017-18 and graduating cum laude with a degree in health education and behavior. She is from Holly Springs, North Carolina and trained with Sonshine NC before attending Eastern Michigan, where she competed from 2015-16 under Jay and Jessica Santos, who were coaching the Eagles at the time.
"We are very excited that Rachel is joining our staff," Santos said. "She is coming to us after an amazing college career at both Florida and Eastern Michigan. She brings the experience and knowledge of what it takes to compete and succeed at the highest levels of our sport. Couple that with a positive attitude and enthusiasm that is infectious to those around her, and I have no doubt that she will make an impact on our student-athletes' development."
For Florida, Slocum primarily competed on vault and floor, earning All-America second team honors on vault in the both the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Championships. On vault, she also earned NACGC All-America first-team regular-season recognition in 2017 and made the second team in 2018. In both of her seasons at Florida, she was an All-SEC gymnast, and in 2018 she also made the SEC Community Service Team. She won NCAA Regional titles on floor (shared) and vault in 2018, as well as a share of the vault title in 2017.
While at Eastern Michigan in 2015-16, she was named the MAC Specialist of the Year in 2016. During her sophomore campaign, she made the All-MAC team and the All-Tournament Team. That same year, she qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual on floor after earning the regional title, the second Eagle in program history to do so. She helped Eastern Michigan to win the 2016 MAC title, the second ever for the Eagles. The team also made their first trip to NCAA Regionals ever in 2016.
Slocum found success in the classroom as well as a student-athlete. She made the 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, and was a NACGC Scholastic Academic All-American in 2015 and 2018. At Eastern Michigan, she earned Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar Student-Athlete honors, as well as earning two MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week nods.