May 26, 2022

Wasson Elevated to Associate Head Coach

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lucas Wasson has been elevated to associate head coach of the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team, head coach Meredith Paulicivic announced Thursday. Wasson has served the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.

“I’m very excited to announce this promotion for Luke,” Paulicivic said. “He has taken on many responsibilities over the last five years and has brought several new aspects to the program, like mentoring our leadership group. He has the heart and passion to continue to help me lead this program to the next level.”

Wasson, who serves as the primary vault and tumbling coach for the Buckeyes, helped the team to record-breaking success this season. The team hit a program-record 49.625 on floor against Michigan State (Feb. 26) with five gymnasts earning scores of 9.900 or higher in the meet. Overall, six Buckeyes hit personal-best routines during the 2022 season, including Savannah Gonzalez (9.850), Jojo Warga (9.900), Alexis Hankins (9.925), Elexis Edwards (9.925) and Jenna Hlavach (9.950). Ohio State finished the season ranked 16th on floor for its highest ranking since 2018.

This season on vault, Wasson guided Edwards to a career high 9.950 at the 2022 NCAA Regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet. She finished 15th at the national championship meet with a score of 9.866. On the year, a total of five gymnasts reached career bests, including Edwards, Sydney Jennings (9.925), Kaitlyn Grimes (9.900), Hlavach (9.875) and Raina Malas (9.925). The Buckeyes earned a season-high event score of 49.300 at the Auburn Regional.

“Being elevated to associate head coach is an honor,” Wasson said. “When I accepted a position on this staff five years ago, I wanted the ability to share my passion for the sport of gymnastics and for mentoring student-athletes. Coach Paulicivic has allowed me to do just that. I am able to be myself, challenge the status quo and share the vision she has laid out for this Ohio State program. The whole staff is very proud of our progress and this promotion will continue to fuel my desire to help bring us to the top of our sport.”

Wasson joined the Buckeye coaching staff in July of 2017. In his first season as an assistant coach at Ohio State, Wasson coached Jamie Stone to the 2018 Big Ten vault title. Stone went on to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet that year with a first-place finish at the Columbus Regional. That same season, Wasson also helped coach Alexis Mattern to a bonze medal on floor exercise at the Big Ten Championship meet.

 

 

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