USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Jennifer Green has been named Air Force women’s gymnastics head coach, according to an announcement today from Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. Green comes to the Academy from the University of Iowa where she spent six seasons as assistant coach.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Green to the Air Force Academy to lead our women’s gymnastics program,” Pine said. “Throughout the interview process, she demonstrated great enthusiasm for and understanding of the Academy’s mission and her integral role in developing leaders of character for our Air and Space Forces. She has had an impressive career both as a coach and student-athlete and I’m confident our young women will benefit greatly from her leadership. We cannot wait for her to get started.”
“I want to thank Nathan Pine, George Nelson, Jen Block and the hiring committee for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of being a head coach,” Green said. “I am honored to be a part of the tradition of excellence at the Air Force Academy and developing our future female leaders. I have come full circle, Colorado is the place that I fell in love with gymnastics. My dad was in the military for 30 years and I have the utmost respect for anyone who chooses to serve their country.”
“I will treasure the time I spent at Iowa; I grew as a person and coach which led me to this incredible new journey. I am grateful for the mentoring, guidance and friendship that I received from Larissa Libby,” continued Green. “To all of my former athletes, I cherished our time together and will hold the memories with me for a lifetime. I wish you nothing but success.”
“I can’t wait to get to Colorado Springs to meet the team, get in the gym, and get to work. I found a home in Air Force that models my same core principles of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. This is definitely a 10 moment for me; personally, professionally and philanthropically.”
In her last season at Iowa, Green helped the team to a No. 25 national ranking. The GymHawks finished with a season-high team score defeating No. 31 West Virginia, 196. 750-196.175 on March 8. Lauren Guerin was named to First-Team All-Big Ten for the first time in her career. Green coached two GymHawks to season highs on the beam with a score of 9.875, including Daniela Castillo and Mackenzie Vance.
During the 2018 season Green helped the team to a No. 33 national ranking and a 13-win season. The GymHawks finished sixth at the NCAA Regional in Minneapolis, Minn. with a total of 195.050. Iowa recorded a season-high 196.400 at the Big Ten Championships to finish fourth overall. Charlotte Sullivan was named to the All-Championship team for the first time in her career. Green coached two GymHawks to season highs on the beam with a score of 9.900, Nicole Chow, and Nikki Youd. Chow earned the season high at Southern Utah and Maryland, and Youd at Southern Utah.
During the 2017 season, Green helped lead the team to a No. 18 national ranking and an overall record of 25-11, with a conference mark of 13-5. At the Big Ten Championships, the GymHawks finished third and recorded the best championship score in program history with a 196.725. Green helped the team to qualify for the Champaign NCAA Regional, where they finished third with a score of 196.050. At the NCAA Regionals, the GymHawks set the school record on beam with a rotation score of 49.600 — shattering the previous record of 49.425. Freshman Clair Kaji and senior Angel Metcalf finished on top of the podium in the event with season-bests of 9.950, which led them to advance to the NCAA Championships. Metcalf competed in the all-around (39.3100), while Kaji appeared as a specialist on beam (9.8625).
Under Green and the rest of the coaching staff, the GymHawks complied a vast list of awards throughout the season. A record five gymnasts — seniors Mollie Drenth and
Angel Metcalf, juniors Lanie Snyder and Melissa Zurawski, and freshman Clair Kaji — earned All-Big Ten honors. Drenth, Metcalf and Snyder were also named to the All-Championship Team. Zurawski was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 30, while Kaji and freshman Charlotte Sullivan each garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors twice. Outside the gymnasium, nine GymHawks were named to the All-Big Ten Academic Team — the most to receive this honor since 2010.
In 2016, Green was named NCAA North Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, after helping to lead the team to a 10-win season and No. 19 Ranking. The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team was selected to host NCAA Regional Competition in Iowa City. Six GymHawks placed in the top 15 for individual events, leading Iowa to a fourth-place finish with a score of 195.450. Green helped to coach juniors Mollie Drenth and Angel Metcalf to be named part of the All-Championship team. Drenth was selected to compete at the NCAA Championship as an individual, where she garnered All-American honors by placing third on beam with a score of 9.9125. At the Big Ten Championship, Green helped to coach the team to nine top 20 finishes and a fifth-place finish with a score of 195.875, and senior Alie Glover, Drenth, and Metcalf were named to the All-Big Ten Championship team for a second consecutive year. Green and the rest of the coaching staff helped seniors Opua Calucag, Johanny Sotilo, and Glover and sophomores Lanie Snyder, Megan Ruzicka, and Nikki Youd to be named Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Green comes to Iowa after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri for two years where her specific responsibilities included choreographing and coaching beam.
Prior to her stint in Columbia, Green spent four years as recreational director and beam and floor coach at Elite Gymnastics Club in Lenexa, Kansas, before moving on to Kansas Gymnastics and Cheer, where she spent 12 years as the beam and floor coach. She has also coached numerous athletes to USA Gymnastics Western Nationals and
Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, and several earned state, regional and national titles.
Green holds a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations from Mid America Nazarene University. Green earned a Master of education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching from the University of Missouri. She continued her education and desire to help others be a champion in all dimensions of their life and received her Sport Life Coaching certificate.
Green also attended the WeCOACH NCAA WCA (Women Coaches Academy) and the NCAA Academy 2.0.
Green competed at the elite level before continuing her career as a gymnast for LSU, where she was honored as an all-conference athlete (SEC) and an NCAA All-American.
Green’s greatest accomplishments are her four children Taylor, Matt, Jackson, and Bailey.