Ashleigh Gnat, a 17-time All-American, four-time Southeastern Conference event champion and 2017 NCAA Floor Champion, is in her first season as an assistant coach for the LSU Gymnastics team.
A two-time graduate of LSU, Gnat coaches the Tigers’ beam squad and works with the entire coaching staff on floor.
The 2017 AAI Award winner remained in Baton Rouge for two seasons working on the staff as a graduate assistant. She learned every facet of the program from community service and marketing to equipment and travel. Gnat landed her first full-time position in 2019 as an assistant coach at Penn State.
Gnat made an immediate impact in State College working primarily with the floor lineup. The Nittany Lions totaled a 49.045 National Qualifying Score on floor with five scores above a 49.000, including a season-best 49.375.
During her six years in Baton Rouge, Gnat was a part of the most successful stretch of the program’s history. The Tigers set the three highest finishes in school history during Gnat’s time and won five SEC Championships.
She brings a wealth of experience as one of the best gymnasts in school history. Gnat led the Tigers inside and outside of the gym as LSU’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and a finalist for the Honda Award.
Gnat set multiple records during her career in Baton Rouge, including the most floor titles in a single season and perfect scores in a career with nine. Gnat was the 2016 and 2017 SEC Specialist of the Year and Central Region Gymnast of the Year.
Gnat is the daughter of Ray and Joan Gnat. Ray competed for the LSU men’s gymnastics team and was an All-American. Joan was an Olympian on the 1972 U.S. National Team.