Libby Accepts Position at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa named Larissa Libby as an assistant gymnastics coach, the University announced on Aug. 10.?
Libby had served as an assistant coach at LSU since 1996, where she was mainly in charge of the balance beam and floor exercise. While coaching at LSU, Libby helped the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, a No. 1 ranking on the balance beam in 1999 and produced nine balance beam All-Americans. She also served as the recruiting coordinator for all in-home and campus visits.
As an athlete, Libby was an eight-year member of the Canadian National Team, where she led her squad to a No. 6 world ranking in 1989. Libby competed for Team Canada in the 1988 Olympics and placed 8th on the vault at the 1989 World Championships. She was a two-time Canadian National Champion and a two-time Canadian Gymnast of the Year.
At LSU, Libby was a four-year captain.
“I am tremendously excited to welcome Libby aboard because she brings a level of experience from competing at the National Championships that is essential for us to get there and stay there,” Iowa head coach Mike Lorenzen said. “She is clearly one of the top beam coaches in the nation, which will help us out a lot. She’s just a tremendous young woman. She should fit into our staff and connect with our team immediately.”