COACHING STAFF

Head Coach
Jenny (Alf) Hansen

Jenny (Alf) Hansen, a Gopher gymnast from 2000-2003, and a former volunteer assistant coach, will be finishing her sixth season at the helm for the Gopher women's gymnastics program in 2020.  Hansen, who spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois before returning to the Minnesota program, is involved in virtually every aspect of the program.  Under her tenure, the Gophers advanced to the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships, as well as, the 2016 NCAA National Championships as a full team.  Hansen has coached Big Ten individual champions, Camerlina Carabajal and Lindsay Mable, and helped lead Mable and Hanna Nordquist achieve All-American status.  Coach Hansen was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, as the team finished with a 9-0 Big Ten record and claimed the title of Regular-Season Big Ten Champions.  

Hansen is responsible for the Gophers' vaulting team, and also works with the beam and floor competitors. She acts as a liaison with several groups, including the booster club and Gopher gymnastics alumnae. Hansen is very involved in planning the annual Minnesota Gymnastics Foundation Hall of Fame banquet.

Jenny will be helping manage the camp and coaching on vault and floor, as well as, overseeing all camp events and providing her expertise.

Associate Head Coach
Rich Stenger

Rich Stenger will be finishing his sixth year with the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team, as well as, coaching optional and elite level gymnasts at Twin City Twisters.  In his first year with Minnesota, Stenger helped lead the program to earning a seed to the NCAA Regional Championships, the fourth straight year for Minnesota.  In 2017, he helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA Regional Championships and in 2016, he helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA National Championships and helped lead Lindsay Mable to being named to the First Team Regular Season All-American compete at the NCAA Qualifier, being named the 2014 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, North Central Gymnast of the Year, and named as a Honda Award Nominee. 

During his time with the Twisters, he has coached two Elite National Team members, five Junior Olympic National All-Around champions, 15 Junior Olympic National Team members, and served as a technician for numerous high performance and collegiate camps.

Stenger oversees the bar team, is the main spotter, coordinates club outreach, organizes strength and conditioning for the team, and leads recruiting efforts.  Stenger will help with administrative duties, as well as, coaching bars, and spotting during camp.

Assistant Coach
Geralen Stack-Eaton

Geralen Stack-Eaton will be finishing her sixth year as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team after excelling at the University of Alabama on and off the competition floor.  In her first year with Minnesota, Stack-Eaton helped lead the program to earning a seed to the NCAA Regional Championships, the fourth straight year for Minnesota.  In 2017, she helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA Regional Championships and in 2016, she helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA National Championships and helped lead Lindsay Mable to being named to the First Team Regular Season All-American compete at the NCAA Qualifier, being named the 2014 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, North Central Gymnast of the Year, and named as a Honda Award Nominee. 

During her time at Alabama, Stack-Eaton was part of back-to-back championship teams in 2011 and 2012.  She served as team captain for the Crimson Tide in 2012 and was named NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Year.  Stack-Eaton won an NCAA Floor Exercise Championship in 2011 and an NCAA Balance Beam Championship in 2012.  Stack-Eaton was a First Team All-Around, Vault, Uneven Bars, and Floor Exercise All-American with twelve All-American honors in total at the end of her career. 

Geralen will help with administrative duties, as well as, coaching beam and helping with dance choreography during camp.
 

Camp Coordinator
Bailee Zumwalde

Bailee Zumwalde was the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Minnesota 2016-17 women's gymnastics team and is currently coordinating and managing Gopher Gymnastics winter and summer camps.  She coached optional level gymnasts at Twin City Twisters after excelling at the University of Arkansas on and off the competition floor.  In her first year, Zumwalde helped the Gophers advance to the NCAA Regional Championships. 

During her time at Arkansas, Zumwalde was part of the Super Six team, as well as, being named Second Team All-American on the Floor Exercise in 2012.  She served as team captain for the Razorbacks in 2014, was a four-time NACGC/W Academic All-Scholar, was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, and earned the Razorback Spirit Award, for which any Arkansas student-athlete is eligible.

Bailee will help with directing and managing the camp, as well as, coaching vault and floor during camp.

Minnesota Gymnastics Camps