2009 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship Individual Event Finals and Banquet photos (photos by Amy Pyle and Derek Neal)
Photos of Illinois at the 2009 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships - Thursday, April 16, 2009. (photos by Amy Pyle)
Photos from Illinois vs. UIC on March 7, 2009 - Senior Day.
Saturday, Jan. 27
Kim Landrus is in her eighth year as a coach for the Illini in 2009-10, and her fourth year as associate head coach after being promoted from assistant coach in the fall of 2006. In the gym, Landrus primarily coaches the balance beam, in addition to choreographing the beam routines, structuring day-to-day practices and monitoring the conditioning program for the gymnasts. Outside the gym, she serves as recruiting coordinator, playing a vital role on both on- and off-campus recruiting.
In 2009, Landrus played a big part in leading Illinois to its best season in school history. She was named National Assistant Coach of the Year by the NACGC, along with Illinois assistant coach Amy Kruse, after guiding the Illini to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. The Illini finished the season ranked 12th in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and produced two All-Americans for the first time in the program's history. The Orange and Blue also took runner-up finishes at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA West Regional. In addition, Landrus helped the 2009 Illini shatter the school-record team score with a 196.750 and put up the top four team scores in program history.
Landrus' 2009 beam squad was among the nation's elite, ranking in the top-15 nationally all season while re-writing the school record book. She helped Melissa Fernandez earn first team All-America honors on the balance beam, Illinois' first NCAA first team All-American, giving the Illini a beam All-American in two straight seasons for the first time ever. Landrus also guided the Illini to the top-three beam scores in school history, including the school record score of 49.200 at the NCAA West Regional, and coached Allison Buckley to the 2009 West Regional Beam title with an individual school record-tying 9.950, making her Illinois' first regional champion on the event in over 30 years.
Landrus has had much success during her seven-year tenure on the Illinois staff, playing a big role in Illinois' gradual rise to national prominence. She has helped lead the Illini to six straight NCAA Regional appearances from 2004-09, and has made the Illini a regular in the weekly top-25 polls, peaking at No. 11 heading into the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Since Landrus' arrival, the Illini beam squads have recorded eight of the top 10 scores in school history. In addition, Julie Crall won the 2008 Big Ten Balance Beam title and Allison Buckley become a second team All-American on beam in 2008 under Landrus' tutelage, marking the program's first All-American at the NCAA Championships.
Landrus garnered the NCAA South Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2005, and helped qualify two University of Illinois individuals to the NCAA Championships in both 2004 and 2008, something that hadn't been done at Illinois since 1987.
Prior to coming to Illinois for the 2002-03 season, Landrus spent two years as an assistant coach for Iowa State University. At ISU, her beam team finished in the top-10 nationally in 2002 with a season-high ranking of fourth. Before her coaching career, Landrus was one of the most decorated gymnasts in Cyclone history. She was ISU's first-ever national qualifier in 1997, a two-time All Big XII Conference pick, the school's Most Valuable Gymnast in 1996 and '97, and she recorded the first 10.0 in school history with a perfect performance on the floor exercise at the 1997 Big XII Championships. The four-year letterwinner was named ISU's Woman Athlete of the Year in 1997.
In addition to her stellar athletic career, Landrus also excelled in the classroom. She was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection, a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and was in the top two percent of her class when she earned a Bachelor of Science in finance in 1997. Landrus received the Big XII Postgraduate Scholarship and the NCAA Women's Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship after earning her undergraduate degree.
From 1998-2000, Landrus earned an MBA degree, while serving as a graduate assistant in compliance for the university. She also was the Iowa State gymnastics meet director, and coached at Cardinal Gymnastics Academy in Ames, Iowa. She completed her master's degree in business administration in May 2000.
Landrus and her husband Steve reside in Champaign and have one son, Zachary Steven (1 year).
Coaching Honors and Event Records
NACGC National Assistant Coach of the Year - 2009
NACGC South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year - 2005
Beam School Record - Team (49.200, at NCAA West Regional, 2009)
Beam School Record - Individual (Allison Buckley, 9.95, 2009)
Beam All-American - (Melissa Fernandez, 2009 First Team)
Beam All-American - (Allison Buckley, 2008 Second Team)
Big Ten Beam Champion - Individual (Julie Crall, 2008)
Maiden Name: Mazza
Education: Iowa State University, 1997, Bachelor of Science in Finance; 2002, Master's in Business Administration
Family: Husband: Steve; Son: Zachary
updated October 2009