Chad Wiest Joins Kentucky Gymnastics Coaching Team
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky gymnastics program has bolstered its staff ahead of the 2022 season with the addition of assistant coach Chad Wiest, announced by head coach Tim Garrison Monday.
“I am delighted to welcome Chad to our UK gymnastics team,” said Garrison. “He brings over a decade of experience as a NCAA coach, as well as the invaluable perspective of a varsity athlete and All-America team manager. He has a proven track record as a solid coach. on floor and vault, and I look forward to continuing development of our athletes on these events.
“As a former recruiting coordinator, he will also play an ongoing role in our recruiting efforts,” said Garrison. “I believe it will help move our program forward towards our ultimate goal of competing and achieving the highest levels of NCAA gymnastics competition.”
Wiest comes to Lexington after five seasons at the University of Washington. As the Huskies’ assistant coach, Wiest led the load of vault and ground drills while serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Washington flourished during Wiest’s tenure, qualifying for back-to-back NCAA Championships to end a 19-year drought. The GymDawgs recorded their best regular season result in school history with a No.8 nationwide ranking in 2018. In 2020, Wiest guided the Washington ground unit to a No.4 ranking on the event.
Wiest co-produced three NCAA All-Americans, seven WCGA regular-season All-Americans and 17 All-Pac-12 accolades in Seattle.
Before landing in Washington, Wiest spent three years as an assistant in his alma mater, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Butler, Pa. Native coached the Illinois vault and floor rosters, overseeing a 2014 NCAA Championship appearance. The Fighting Illini broke the program’s scoring record, as well as the the best rotation of the jump, with Wiest in the staff.
Before embarking on his two-year coaching career at Bowling Green State University, Wiest served as a team captain, two-time All-American and Big Ten as a student-athlete on the legendary men’s gymnastics team. from Illinois.
Wiest will reside in Lexington with his wife, Jaclyn.
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