April 7, 2014
ATHENS-----University of Georgia gymnastics coaches Jay Hogue and Philip Ogletree have been named Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year, it was announced by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).
Hogue and Ogletree are in their second seasons on the UGA staff. They have helped guide the Gym Dogs to a No. 6 national ranking this year and a berth in the NCAA Championships.
Under Hogue's direction, Georgia has maintained a No. 1 national ranking on bars for 10 consecutive weeks. Five UGA gymnasts are ranked in the top-25 nationally on bars, including three in the top-10. Georgia scored a 49.6 on bars last weekend - it's highest score in an NCAA Regional since 1998. Last month the Gym Dogs set an SEC Championship record with a 49.7 on bars. Georgia gymnasts have scored 9.95 or higher on bars 19 times this season.
Ogletree has led the vault and floor units to a No. 6 and No. 10 national ranking, respectively. Under his direction, freshman Lauren Johnson won the SEC vault title with a 9.975 in just her second career vault. Earlier this season the Gym Dogs scored a 49.625 on vault vs. Denver, which tied the highest vault score in the country in the regular season. Two Gym Dogs are ranked in the top-25 on vault.
“This is a well-deserved honor for both Jay and Phil,” said UGA head coach Danna Durante. “They have both invested themselves fully here at Georgia, and they are constantly working to make this program the absolute best. I’m incredibly thankful for the support they give me and for the experience and perspective they provide to help make our program better.”
In addition, Christie Purks - UGA's Director of Event Management - was voted the Southeast Region Administrator of the Year. Purks serves as the meet director for Georgia's home competitions, including the NCAA Regional held in Athens last week.
Georgia will return to action in the NCAA Championships Friday, April 18 in Birmingham, Ala.