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McLaughlin Joins Gym'Back Staff
By Jeri Thorpe, UA Women's Communications
      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 the year.
      "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.

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