Justin Howell And Liz Crandall-Howell Named Pac-12 Co-Coaches Of The Year
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – The California women's gymnastics coaching tandem of Justin Howell and Elisabeth Crandall-Howell was named Pac-12 Co-Coaches Of The Year on Saturday evening. The awards were announced at the conclusion of the Pac-12 Championship where the Bears took second place at the Maverik Center.
Howell won the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the third time after previously winning the award in 2013 and 2016. This is the first Pac-12 Coach of the Year Award for Crandall-Howell.
"This is such a meaningful award to us," Howell said. "Because this is recognition from our peers that we coach with on the floor. We're very grateful that our counterparts recognize the work and effort. This is an award for our entire team and our entire staff. We wouldn't be here without the work that the team puts in consistently or without all of the people that support us on a daily basis. Janelle McDonald, Jen Cobb, Jacqueline Martinez, Cheryl Cox, Tricia Breault, Will Cooper, Jared Prescott, Maria Uriarte, Meredith McCall and the rest of our team do so much work to help us. Thanks to Jill Culbertson for keeping all of the testing running smoothly so we can compete. Also, we're thankful for Josh Hummel, who is the best sports administrator we could ask for."
Cal posted a score of 197.375 at the Pac-12 Championship, the Bears' best-ever score at the conference meet. Cal entered the championship as the top seed and a number five overall ranking, the best rank in program history.
This year, Cal set program records on bars, beam, floor and total team scores. The Bears tied an NCAA record that had stood for 17 years on the uneven bars vs. UCLA as they collected a 49.825 mark, .200 better than any other team in the country's top score this year.
Cal also set a program record 198.050 mark in that meet vs. UCLA, .475 higher than any other Pac-12 team's best mark this year and the fourth-best mark in the nation this year. Cal is ranked in the top 10 nationally in all four events and is the top team in the nation on the uneven bars.
The Bears have been resetting the school record books this year as Cal has posted three of the top seven total scores in program history this year. Cal has also totaled two of the top 11 marks on vault, four of the top eight uneven bars scores, two of the top three beam rotations and three of the top five floor scores during the 2021 season. The Bears went 7-1 in the regular season with an average margin of victory of 197.044-195.434, 1.609 points better than the opposition.
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