Gym’backs coach announces retirement

Mark Cook, the inaugural gymnastics coach has announced the he is going to retire. He and his then wife René started the program. He wrote this article about his retirement.

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Great read Marty. Thanks for posting.

So, who is the Gymnastics coach at Houston? :smiley:

I can state unequivocally that HY will not hire the gymnastics coach at Houston to replace Mark Cook:

Houston doesn’t have a gymnastics team.

wonder who they’ll hire, SEC is such a great gymnastics conference.


There shouldn’t be any shortage of interest. Even in a down year we’re top 20 in the current rankings (I count 62 D-I gymnastics programs). Somebody will want to take a shot at the SEC, or move up from being a top assistant at another top program.

From Tom Murphy’s article:

[quote]The list of candidates to replace Cook begins on his staff, with associate head coaches Jaime (Pisani) Armbrust and Garrett Griffeth. Armbrust is a former All-American who competed on both the 2009 and 2012 teams that participated in the NCAA finals.

Griffeth, a University of Georgia graduate (2010) with a master’s degree in sports management, has experience on the club and college levels.

Other former Razorbacks in the coaching profession who are potential candidates are Casey Jo (Magee) MacPherson and Samantha (Cortez) Snider.

MacPherson was a standout on Arkansas’ 2009 fifth-place team who earned eight All-America titles during her career. She has been an assistant coach at Missouri, coaching the balance beam and assisting on the floor exercise, for the past six seasons.

Snider, a 2008 UA graduate, was on staff at Arkansas for six seasons before taking the head coaching job at Pittsburgh in 2017. She just completed her third season at Pitt with a 9-19 record.

Gymnasics – although I hardly understand it – is unique in that you don’t really play an opponent. You play the judges. And, your scores match up with everyone else in the country, if the judging is consistent. So a loss in a dual meet against say LSU does not count against you in that if your score was good, you could technically move up in the national rankings. So I don’t think coaches look at being in the SEC as being a detriment just because it’s tough.