New NCAA roles for Durante, Dantzscher

David Durante will be an assistant coach at Stanford this season.

David Durante will be an assistant coach at Stanford this season.

With the Olympics over, it’s time to start thinking about the college season. 2008-09 will be filled with familiar faces, although in different roles than in the past.

Olympic alternate David Durante has accepted a position as one of Stanford’s assistant coaches. By the accounts of all who have met him, Durante is a hugely likable and personable fellow, and college coaching should suit him. He’s just one more talent in Stanford’s already stocked corner. The Cardinal may be out for revenge this year after last year’s home NCAA loss to Oklahoma.

2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher has signed on to be an assistant coach with Arizona State (Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth got her coaching start the same way.) Despite the talents of Tia Orlando, Nicole Harris (before she retired mid-season) and Tiana Jean, the Sun Devils languished at the bottom of the Pac-10. Seven of the Sun Devils’ 17 gymnasts this year are freshmen.

Dantzscher was something of a showstopper in the NCAA. Check out this floor routine from the 2003 NCAA Championships:

Rick at Gymnastics Coaching reports that Shayla Worley visited Georgia but hasn’t made a final decision about her NCAA future. Many people think because she’s from Florida she’d go with the Gators. With Worley on their team, they might finally get that elusive NCAA title they’ve been so close to for the past three years.

Vote for where you think Shayla will go at Difficulty Plus Execution.

WOGA’s Christa Tanella, however, has already made her choice.

Three gymnasts – Christa Tanella, Kati Breazeal and Noel Couch – said they have told Georgia associate head coach Jay Clark that on signing day, Nov. 12, they will sign letters of intent to attend Georgia.

Another strong class for the Gym Dogs. Suzanne Yoculan or not, they’re sure to stay strong.

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One Response to “New NCAA roles for Durante, Dantzscher”

  1. Terri Says:


    Am I the only one who thinks Shayla is so overrated? I personally think recruiting elites for NCAA is so overrated. Sure, some of them turn out to be stars a la Ashley Postell or Tasha Schwikert, but a lot of them do minimal competition, sitting out with injuries sustained during elite years. Plus, I think the biggest problem for the retired elites is that their execution of moves is so weak. NCAA gymnastics is all about executing your routines to perfection. Elite gymnastics is all about cramming as many difficult moves in your routine as possible and doing them well enough that your B score isn’t a complete mess. If you were from the previous quad under the old code of points, your execution is probably better, but those who were under the open ended system, will have to actually catch up in college. Many (or most I would say) of the NCAA stars maxed out at level 10, but they execute superbly.

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