Utah Gymnastics Adds Myia Hambrick To Coaching Staff
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah gymnastics program will round out its coaching staff with the addition of 20-time All-American Myia Hambrick, head coach Tom Farden announced Monday morning. The former LSU standout will assist in coaching floor, as well as choreograph routines for the Red Rocks as the volunteer assistant coach.
"I had the opportunity to get to know and recruit Myia many years ago," said Farden on his newest addition. "She comes from a gymnastics family and her accolades speak volumes for her work ethic and talents. Since graduating from college, she has continued to grow as a professional in our sport as a judge and high level club coach."
Following her collegiate career at LSU, Hambrick served as a Junior Olympic Optional Coach at Georgia Elite Gymnastics. She has coached gymnasts of all levels during her time at Georgia Elite Gymnastics and has mentored four 2019 Junior Olympic Championship qualifiers, a 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier and numerous 2021 regional qualifiers. Along with her time at the club gym, Hambrick has also worked with optional gymnasts across the country since 2014 where she has choreographed routines and cut music for the athletes.
"I am unbelievably grateful and excited for the opportunity to coach with and learn from the incredible staff and athletes at the University of Utah," said Hambrick. "This program exemplifies the type of excellence that I am eager to be a part of."
Hambrick collected 20 All-American honors, which is the second most in program history, during her time at LSU. She earned All-SEC honors all four seasons and ended her career in the top-10 of LSU's career wins on vault, floor and in the all-around. She amassed 52 career wins, and was the 2015 SEC vault champion and the 2016 NCAA Athens Regional all-around champion.
As a senior in 2018, Hambrick was an AAI Award Finalist, the NCAA Raleigh Regional all-around champion, an All-SEC selection and an eight-time All-American. Hambrick was tied for No. 1 in the nation on floor at the end of the regular season as a senior, No. 6 on beam, No. 7 in the all-around, and No. 13 on vault and bars to cap off a tremendous career.
Hambrick graduated with a bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism from LSU in 2018, while she earned her master's degree in sports management in 2021. She was a NACGC/W Scholastic All-American during her career and four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.