Jacob Lee Named New Assistant Coach for Illini Women's Gymnastics
July 25, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On Thursday, University of Illinois head coach Kim Landrus announced Jacob Lee as the new assistant women's gymnastics coach, joining assistant Chad Wiest (second year) on the staff. Lee is quite familiar with the Big Ten after spending the last two years as an assistant at the University of Iowa and competing four years in gymnastics with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
"Every coach dreams about being a part of a program like Illinois who is poised to press for a Big Ten Championship and Super Six appearance," said Lee. "I am grateful to Kim and the University of Illinois for allowing me this opportunity."
Lee made an immediate impact at Iowa, leading the Hawkeyes to their sixth straight NCAA postseason appearance in his first year in Iowa City. Lee, who coached both floor and vault, led the floor lineup to a No. 21 national ranking and 49.140 RQS. In his second year, Lee guided six Hawkeyes into qualifying for NCAA Regionals.
"Any time that you look to complete your coaching staff, there are qualities that are essential for the continued success of the program," stated Landrus. "Throughout the hiring process, it was apparent that Jake possesses many of these qualities. His knowledge and experience at all levels of gymnastics gives him a diverse background in both the technical and competitive side of the sport. He was a very successful gymnast at the University of Minnesota and upon completing his degree he coached at the club level developing young athletes. During the past two years, he has gained valuable experience at the University of Iowa having an integral role in many facets of the program."
While competing at Minnesota, Lee was a three-time All-American, two-time All-Big Ten First Team honoree and Big Ten Freshman Gymnast of the Year. After graduating in 2007 with an Applied Economics degree, Lee went on to coaching at TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
"Jake's passion for the sport and his drive for excellence fit into the culture of our program. I look forward to him joining our Illini family," concluded Landrus.