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Gymnastics Names Lacy Dagen as Volunteer Assistant

Sep 13, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lacy Dagen was named a volunteer assistant coach for the Oregon State gymnastics program, head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Tuesday.
"I'm so excited to be back at OSU as the Volunteer Assistant Gymnastics Coach," Dagen said. "Corvallis is home and I feel so lucky to be able to give back to the program that gave me so much. This year is going to be one for the books. Go Beavs!"
Dagen competed at Oregon State from 2018-21 and was selected to the Pac-12 Vault All-Conference Team and received several academic honors. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology & Innovation Management in 2020 and her master's degree in Kinesiology from Oregon State in 2022, while serving as the volunteer assistant at UC Davis.
"We are thrilled to have Lacy return home to Beaver Nation," Chaplin said. "Her experience as a student-athlete at OSU and her outstanding coaching ability make her a perfect fit for our program."

In her role with UC Davis, Dagen, helped kick-start a record-breaking competition season, with the Aggies earning the highest score in school history at an MPSF Championship, earning a 196.05 to finish second at the meet. Dagen assisted in the Aggies breaking the school's road score with a 196.225 at Sacramento State, as well as school and conference vault score with a 49.3 at San Jose State.

The UC Davis squad finished the season with the highest NQS score in school history, tallying a 195.915, while Dagen assisted in 17 MPSF All-Conference honors with eight individuals receiving recognition, including the MPSF Gymnast of the Year and three Aggies qualifying for the 2022 NCAA Regional Championship.

Originally from Foothill High School in Pleasanton and San Mateo Gymnastics, Dagen started her career as a student-athlete at the University of Florida, where she was largely sidelined by injury: she sat out her true freshman year of 2016, scored a 9.85 on vault in her first appearance as a redshirt freshman, then suffered another season-ending injury soon after. Dagen earned SEC Academic Honor Roll status in each of those two seasons, plus an NACGC/W Scholastic All-America award in 2017.
Upon transferring to Oregon State, Dagen became a regular part of the balance beam and vault lineup, contributing at the Pac-12 Championships, NCAA Corvallis Regional and NCAA Championships on each apparatus in 2019. She also reunited with her younger sister, Madi, on the Beaver gymnastics team starting with that season. Dagen went on to hit 17 out of 18 routines in 2020, including a career-high 9.975 on beam in a dual with Stanford.
Dagen was subsequently granted an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA, in which she made six appearances on vault – including the conference meet and NCAA Athens Regional. She went on to garner All-Pac-12 honorable mention, thanks to a national-qualifying score of 9.881 that ranked her eighth in the conference on vault.
In all, Dagen earned three additional Scholastic All-America awards, a Pac-12 All-Academic first-team nod, and two Pac-12 Winter Honor Roll accolades during her Oregon State career.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).