In a huge statement of intent, Hunter Yurachek has announced Jordyn Wieber as the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnastics program. Coming at the heels of long time coach Marc Cook’s retirement, the olympic gold medalist’s arrival should be met with fanfare.
If you’ve watched gymnastics at all in the past ten years, you’re likely familiar with Wieber, who is one of the more prolific gymnasts in history. A part of the “Fierce Five” at the 2012 Olympics, Wieber earned an Olympic gold medal, as well as winning two U.S. All-Around Championships and one All-Around World Championship. Previously serving as an assistant to UCLA’s storied former head coach Valorie Kondos Field, Wieber was a part of a staff that led the Bruins to a 2018 NCAA Championship.
Wieber is also known for her role as an advocate for victims of child sexual abuse. Using her elevated platform as an American hero, she has earned the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her work, inspiring young girls all across the country.
Described by Valorie Kondos Field as “simply one of the most impressive people I have ever had the honor and privilege to work with,” Wieber is a phenomenal addition to Arkansas Athletics, and promises to continue a tradition of excellence, while propelling the program to new heights.
If you want something to get you more excited, Jordyn Wieber was part of a staff that aided Katelyn Ohashi to one of the more iconic floor routines I’ve ever seen. Perhaps we’ll see something like this in the future:
This is a program-defining hire, and one whose promise has me incredibly excited.