Chaplin Completes Staff With Addition Of Kaytianna Kell
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2023 Oregon State gymnastics staff was rounded out with the return of former gymnast and staff member Kaytianna Kell (formerly McMillan) as announced by head coach Tanya Chaplin on Monday afternoon.
"I am thrilled to be back in Corvallis working with Oregon State gymnastics and this amazing staff," Kell said. "Being an alum, I am honored to be able to give back to the program that gave me so much. I'm excited to continue to grow with the staff and share my knowledge, experience and love for Oregon State gymnastics!
The former OSU gymnast returns to Corvallis after spending the past year at UC Davis and will serve as Special Assistant to the Head Coach / Director of Player Development for Oregon State.
"We are so excited to welcome Kaytianna back to Oregon State gymnastics," Chaplin said. "Her enthusiasm and passion for OSU will help us in so many ways and continue to elevate our program to new heights."
In her lone season with the Aggies the team finished the season with the highest NQS score in school history, tallying a 195.915, while Kell 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.
The Aggies earned the highest score in school history at an MPSF Championship, earning a 196.05 to finish second at the meet. Kell 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.
During the 2020 season, in her first year on the Seattle Pacific staff, Kell was honored as the NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association. The Falcons finished the season with their highest national qualifying score in four years at 192.745.
Kell's coaching career began at Oregon State, where she served as recruiting coordinator and mentored the balance beam squad. The Beavers finished sixth at the NCAA Championships for their best national finish since 1996, while Maela Lazara captured second-team All-America accolades on beam under Kell's tutelage in 2019.
Originally from Coburg, Oregon, Kell enjoyed an outstanding career at Oregon State. She qualified for the NCAA regionals as a freshman and senior, and garnered five total All-Pac-12 Conference honors, including first-team distinction on floor exercise and all-around in 2017.
In Kell's senior season, she won the floor and all-around titles at the Champaign Regional, then added a 9.900 at the national meet to claim second-team All-America status. Overall, she hit 51 of 52 routines that year, scored 26 overall event wins and landed the first 10.0 by an OSU gymnast in almost a decade. Kell was honored as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and named to the final ballot of the AAI Award, which is presented to the top senior gymnast in the country.
In the classroom, Kell earned NACGC/W (now WCGA) Scholastic All-America acclaim in each of her four seasons, snared three Pac-12 All-Academic nods, and helped Oregon State compile the No. 10 GPA in the nation as a senior. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in human development and family science.
Kell becomes the second former Beaver student-athletes to join the staff, reuniting with Lacy Dagen, who joined the staff as a volunteer assistant last month.
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