Jennifer Green is in her third year as an assistant coach on the University of Iowa women's gymnastics staff.
Last season, Green was named NCAA North Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year,
after helping to lead the team to a 10-win season and No. 19 Ranking. The University of Iowa women's gymnastics team was selected to host NCAA Regional Competition in Iowa City. Six GymHawks placed in the top 15 for individual events, leading Iowa to a fourth-place finish with a score of 195.450. Green helped to coach juniors Mollie Drenth and Angel Metcalf to be named part of the All-Championship team. Drenth was selected to compete at the NCAA Championship as an individual, where she garnered All-American honors by placing third on beam with a score of 9.9125. At the Big Ten Championship, Green helped to coach the team to nine top 20 finishes and a fifth-place finish with a score of 195.875, and senior Alie Glover, Drenth, and Metcalf were named to the All-Big Ten Championship team for a second consecutive year. Green and the rest of the coaching staff helped seniors Opua Calucag, Johanny Sotilo, and Glover and sophomores Lanie Snyder, Megan Ruzicka, and Nikki Youd to be named Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Green comes to Iowa after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri for two years where her specific responsibilities included choreographing and coaching beam.
Prior to her stint in Columbia, Green spent four years as recreational director and beam and floor coach at Elite Gymnastics Club in Lenexa, Kansas, before moving on to Kansas Gymnastics and Cheer, where she spent 12 years as the beam and floor coach. She has also coached numerous athletes to USA Gymnastics Western Nationals and Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, and several earned state, regional and national titles.
Green holds a bachelor's degree in management and human relations from Mid America Nazarene University and a master's degree in educational, school and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri.
Green competed at the elite level before continuing her career as a gymnast for LSU, where she was honored as an all-conference athlete (SEC) and an NCAA All-American.
Green has four children, Taylor, Matt, Jackson, and Bailey.
Smurro spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan. The Manasquan, New Jersey, native helped the Chippewas to a 19th-place finish in the final 2015 NCAA rankings, assisting and spotting athletes on vault, bars, and floor. Smurro guided Central Michigan to a first-place finish during the regular season and at the MAC Tournament. He also served as the Chippewas recruiting organizer, travel plan administrator, community service coordinator, and social media manager.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Hawkeye family," Smurro said. "I want to thank Larissa and the athletic department for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with our student-athletes as they strive for academic and athletic success."
Prior to Central Michigan, Smurro served as the USAG Women's Coach at Devlin Gymnastics in Manasquan, New Jersey. Smurro constructed daily workout assignments for levels 5-10 on uneven bars, vault, and floor.
Smurro boasts an impressive collegiate resume. He was a USAG All-American on the high bar in 2010 and the parallel bars in 2011 with the College of William and Mary.
After transferring to Illinois in 2011, Smurro helped the Illini to NCAA and Big Ten Team titles in 2012. In 2013, Smurro finished 10th at the NCAA Championships on floor, recording the third-highest floor score in school history. He also helped the team to a sixth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
"Vince is a very driven and focused young coach, and he will certainly bring a new outlook and intensity to the program," Libby added. "It was evident throughout the interview process that he had a clear understanding of what the student-athlete endures throughout their collegiate career. We know that he is prepared to assist them in becoming the best student-athletes they can be.
"Vince's background in gymnastics combined with his work ethic and passion for the process will have an immediate impact on our program, and I am excited to see what the future holds for our new staff."
A two-time College Gymnastics Association First Team Academic All-American, Smurro earned his bachelor's degree interdisciplinary health at Illinois in 2013. He received his master's degree in sports administration from Central Michigan in May, 2016.