Joins Gym'Back Staff
By Jeri Thorpe, UA Women's
FAYETTEVILLE -- Former Arizona assistant Erin "Rose"
McLaughlin joined the University of Arkansas gymnastics staff as an assistant
coach, co-head coaches Mark and Rene Cook announced today.
"We are so excited to add Rose to our staff," said
Rene Cook. "Her experience, knowledge and professionalism will keep us
progressing into one of the best programs in the nation. We look forward
to a very successful future with Rose on staff."
McLaughlin brings nearly three years of experience
with the nationally dominate Wildcats to Arkansas. Her varied duties included
managing choreography and production of floor exercise and beam routines
in the gym and coordinating the team's national recruiting efforts throughout
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," said McLaughlin.
"I can't wait to get settled in Fayetteville and begin working with the
team. The University of Arkansas provides a lot of opportunities to young
gymnasts and I'm very excited to be a part of that."
Along with her in-gym duties, McLaughlin assisted
the team by overseeing their marketing efforts, including the creation
of an annual alumni event for the Wildcats. She was also responsible for
working with various department licensees to develop apparel and licensed
products for the team.
During her tenure with the Wildcats, McLaughlin coached
five all-Pacific-10 athletes, two second-team all-Americans and several
individual Pac-10 and Central Region champions.
The Gym'Backs are somewhat familiar with McLaughlin's
style after traveling to Arizona twice last season. In addition, McLaughlin
has gotten her feet wet with Arkansas working several of the Gym'Backs'
summer camps this year.
McLaughlin competed for George Washington University
from 1993-96 earning athletic dean's list honors for three seasons while
working towards a biology degree. She completed her degree and her eligibility
in 1998 at Arizona graduating with a bachelor of science in biology in
May 1998. McLaughlin continued her education earning a law degree from
the Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in December 2002.