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NC State Wolfpack Replaces Stephenson As Head Gymnastics Coach

NC State Wolfpack Replaces Stephenson As Head Gymnastics Coach

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By:  Eileen Patchey

NC State University gymnastics has a new head coach.  Kim Landrus has been named as the second  person to lead the program after Mark Stephenson retired in early April.   Stephenson is credited with creating the Wolfpack gymnastics program which he successfully ran for 37 years.  Landrus’ contract at Illinois was reportedly not renewed, amid rumors that student athletes had spoken to the Athletic Director about the coach. 

“Kim immediately stood out during our process as a head coach with a proven track record at a very high level, and the vision to elevate NC State gymnastics, ” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “She takes great pride in her relationships with her student-athletes and helps them excel in the gym and in the classroom.”

Landrus comes to NC State after spending 15 years at Illinois.  She arrived in Champaign in 2002 as an Assistant Coach and was elevated to Associate Head Coach in 2006, before being named head coach in 2010-11.   She led the Illini to 11th place national finishes in 2011, 2013 and 2014, the three highest finishes in school history. She has also helped Illinois to 14 consecutive NCAA appearances overall, including Top 25 finishes in each of the last 12 seasons.  In 2015 Illinois finished as Big Ten runners-up and placed 13th in NCAAs, which earned Landrus the title of NCAA Central Regional Head Coach of the Year. She has helped produce 18 All-Americans and 44 All-Big Ten Selections during her Illinois career.  

Prior to Illinois, Landrus spent two years as an assistant coach for Iowa State University. At ISU, her beam team finished in the top 10 nationally in 2002 with a season-high ranking of fourth.

Landrus made an impact in the area of academics as well, with Illini gymnasts earning 102 Academic All-Big Ten Honors. The team GPA has been 3.25 or higher in 10 of the last 12 semesters and the program has recorded a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) of greater than 990 since 2004-05.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead Wolfpack Gymnastics,” said Landrus. “The athletic vision of excellence at NC State aligns well with my goals for NC State gymnastics becoming a top tier program. I’d like to thank Debbie Yow, Michael Lipitz and Geogia Brown  for being so welcoming and ensuring I learned as much about NC State during the process.”  She continued, “Developing relationships with current and past Wolfpack, in addition to establishing a connection with those who will become part of the family in the future will begin immediately. Additionally, I look forward to working with the entire athletic department and being part of Wolfpack Nation.”

 

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Source: NC State Athletics

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