John Lavallee Head Coach
Now entering his second decade at UC Davis, John Lavallee wasted no time in establishing his mark on the Aggie women's gymnastics program.
In his first eight seasons at the Aggie helm, he earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year five times. Fourteen of his student-athletes have earned at-large berths to the NCAA region championships in his UC Davis tenure, including two -- Tanya Ho and Katie Yamamura -- garnering individual qualifiers in three different seasons. Lavallee has also guided his program to six MPSF team championships, including four straight from 2010 to 2013.
However, his crowing achievement with the Aggie women's gymnastics program came in 2014. That year, UC Davis set or tied team event records on all four events plus the total score of 196.425 at home against Seattle Pacific on February 28. In all, the Aggies scored seven of their all-time top 10 totals during that year, resulting in a school-record RQS of 195.260, a No. 34 national ranking and the program's first team berth to the NCAA postseason since 1998. UC Davis finished fifth at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
Carolyn Kampf Assistant Coach
Former Aggie Carolyn Kampf enters her ninth year on the gymnastics coaching staff in 2016-17, now working primarly with the vault squad. In both 2011 and 2013, her efforts were rewarded with MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year co-honors.
In 2014, Kampf's efforts helped the Aggies score four of their 10 highest vault team scores in school history, including a school-record 49.050 in a home quad meet on January 26. That served as one of many highlights in a landmark season that saw UC Davis amass a program-record RQS of 195.260 and earn its first team berth to the NCAA postseason since 1998.
Originally from All-Olympians Gymnastics Center and Palisades Charter High in Los Angeles, Kampf lettered four years at UC Davis, competing primarily on bars and floor in her final two seasons. She enjoyed a career-best meet against Seattle Pacific on a senior, scoring personal highs of 9.775 on bars and 9.850 on floor in the meet.
Jessa Hansen Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Jessa Hansen, formerly a coach at California and Head Over Heels Athletics Arts, joined the UC Davis women's gymnastics staff in June 2016. She works primarily with the beam squad while also serving the role of recruiting coordinator.
Hansen served for three seasons as an assistant to Golden Bears head coach Justin Howell, working in all aspects of the Cal program, including recruiting and team promotions. During that time, the Golden Bears finished 16th, 18th and seventh nationally, culminating with last year's appearance at the NCAA Championships -- just the second in program history. She helped Alicia Asturias (2014) and Toni-Ann Williams (2015, 2016) to All-America honors, with Williams later becoming the first Cal gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Hansen also served as a coach for the Emeryville-based Head Over Heels club during her time at Cal. Working with athletes of Levels 3-10, she guided teams and individuals to Junior Olympic state, region and naional titles.
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