Breaux, Jackson Earn Region's Top Gym Honors

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
Breaux, Jackson Earn Region's Top Gym Honors

BATON ROUGE – LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux and senior Susan Jackson earned the Central Region Head Coach of the Year and Gymnast of the Year Award, respectively, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced Tuesday.

This marks the second straight year LSU has captured the Central Region Gymnast of the Year award as Ashleigh Clare-Kearney won the award last season.

Breaux earned the award for the fifth time in her career, having won the award in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

Jackson has been outstanding all season for LSU, anchoring all four events. She was ranked No. 1 in the all-around standings for eight straight weeks, and she currently sits at No. 3.

She tied the 30-year-old school record for all-around titles in a single season with 10, and she set the school record for consecutive all-around titles to open a season with six.

She ranks No. 1 nationally on vault, and she ranks No. 1 in the Central Region in the all-around, vault and bars.

Heading into the NCAA Championships, Jackson has captured 40 individual titles this season with 11 on vault, 10 all-around, eight on bars, seven on floor and four on beam.

Breaux guided LSU to a perfect 5-0 home record in 2010 with wins over No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Oregon State, and she has led LSU to the NCAA Championships for the ninth straight year.

Breaux also coached the Tigers to a consistent top 10 ranking all season with top 15 rankings in all four events, and she has coached the Tigers to a No. 8 beam ranking with a 49.145 regional qualifying score and a No. 15 floor ranking with a 49.120 RQS.

She was instrumental in the creation of the Etta James Memorial Meet that works with Foundation 56, an organization created by former LSU linebacker Bradie James to raise awareness and provide screenings for breast cancer. With the help of the local community, Breaux and the Tigers have raised more than $120,000 for Foundation 56 in three years of working with the organization.

LSU will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the NCAA Championships on April 22 in Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center.