Kyla Ross, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 11-time UCLA All-American, has joined the Arkansas gymnastics staff as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jordyn Wieber announced Friday.
Ross arrives in Arkansas after a season as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Bruins, which followed a historic career as a student-athlete.
âI am so excited to continue my coaching career at the University of Arkansas! Thanks to Jordyn Wieber and Razorback Athletics for this incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to be part of such an inspiring coaching team, âsaid Ross. âThanks to UCLA Athletics for an amazing college experience. I can’t wait to bring this passion to Fayetteville!
Ross and Wieber have a decorated history as members of the âFierce Fiveâ team that won team gold at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
The two also spent several years at UCLA together while Wieber served as a volunteer team manager and assistant coach and Ross served on the team, from 2016 to 2019.
âI couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kyla join our coaching staff. She knows firsthand what it takes to train and compete at a high level. We have been side by side in many areas; in the Olympic team together, then as a coach and student-athlete at UCLA, âsaid Wieber. âNot only was Kyla a fantastic athlete, but she’s also an incredible person and leader. Wherever she goes, she improves those around her, which is why she is the perfect addition to this Razorback coaching team.
While completing her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Ross served as an assistant undergraduate coach at UCLA for the 2020-21 season. She helped lead the Bruins to the regional final, and six gymnasts received All-Pac-12 honors.
Before beginning her coaching journey, Ross established herself as one of the most successful gymnasts in NCAA history – from her college debut against Arkansas in 2017 to her last meeting in 2020. She has won NCAA titles in every season the championships have been held in his career (canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) with one on each event, in addition to the team’s first place finish from UCLA in 2018. This made Ross the first female gymnast to hold Olympic, World and NCAA titles. She is also a two-time Pac-12 All-Around, Uneven Bars and Team Champion, and won the 2017 and 2019 Pac-12 Beam and Floor titles, respectively.
Ross tallied 22 Perfect 10s during his collegiate tenure, which includes two Gym Slams: one 10 on each event. She is one of the 11 gymnasts to have completed a Gym Slam and the first to register two in the same year (2019). Her 11 perfect uneven bar scores are the best in the NCAA, and she also holds 10-second records in consecutive games (10 in 2019) and most in one season (14 in 2019).
Ross received the 2020 Honda Sports Award, given to the best female varsity athlete in her sport, and was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
With the addition of Ross, every member of the Arkansas coaching staff is a former member of the national team (Wieber, assistant coach Chris Brooks and assistant coach Felicia Hano), three are members of the world team and Olympians (Ross, Wieber and Brooks) and two are Olympic gold medalists (Ross and Wieber).