MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University coach Jason Butts has announced the hiring of Kaylyn Millick as assistant coach on the Mountaineer gymnastics team’s staff.
Millick, a Washington, Pa., native, will oversee the team’s choreography for beam and floor. She also will lead the team’s community service outreach program.
A three-year letterwinner for WVU from 2011-13, Millick served as a student assistant in 2014.
“I am excited to welcome Kaylyn onto the Mountaineer gymnastics coaching staff,” says fourth-year coach Butts. “Her life-long love for WVU and familiarity with the program will help us recruit future Mountaineers. Kaylyn has an excellent work ethic and knowledge of the sport, and both assets will help return Mountaineer gymnastics to the national stage.
“Kaylyn did a tremendous job as a student-athlete and student assistant, and she is well respected by our athletes and staff. This is a great opportunity for our program to add an enthusiastic coach and choreographer, who understands what it takes to be successful in our sport.”
“I’m really excited to continue my coaching career at West Virginia University,” says Millick. “I’m honored to earn the opportunity to work with coach Butts and (assistant coach) Travis Doak. Working with the team this past season solidified my passion for gymnastics, WVU and coaching. Gold and blue always have been my colors, and I’m thrilled to stay in Morgantown. I’m ready to bring good energy into the gym and to use my experience as a student-athlete to enhance and further the success of the WVU gymnastics program.”
As a student assistant this past season, Millick helped guide senior Hope Sloanhoffer
to a 2014 NCAA National Championships bid as an all-around competitor, the Mountaineers’ first qualification since 2009. Sloanhoffer finished the season as the NCAA Athens Regional Championship beam champion and the Big 12 all-around champion, the program’s first Big 12 title winner.
An all-around competitor who transferred from Eastern Michigan after the 2010 season and found a home at WVU, Millick tallied 1,290.3 points in three years as a Mountaineer and saw time in 38 meets. She ranks ninth in the program record book with 12 career scores of 39.0 or better. Millick ranks 20th all-time with eight career scores of 9.9 or better, six of which came on floor, the 10th-best total in program history.
As a senior in 2013, Millick earned the Linda Burdette-Good Award as the team’s Most Valuable Gymnast. The first-ever Mountaineer to earn a spot on the All-Big 12 Championship Team (all-around), she reached the podium a team-best 23 times and scored career-best marks on vault (9.85), bars (9.9), beam (9.875), floor (9.95) and the all-around (39.4). She finished second in the all-around at the Big 12 Championships with a 39.2 score and finished the season ranked No. 27 nationally in the all-around with a 39.3 regional qualifying score (RQS).
A four-time All-EAGL honoree, Millick led the Mountaineers to the 2012 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship as a junior. She followed that meet with a 10th-place finish in the all-around at the 2012 NCAA Auburn Regional Championships with a then-career-best score of 39.225.
In her first season at WVU, Millick earned the team’s highest finish at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, placing fifth on floor with a 9.85 score.
Millick competed as an all-around gymnast at Eastern Michigan in 2010, and at the time of her transfer, she ranked eighth (39.0) on the EMU all-time all-around scores list and ninth (9.85) on the EMU all-time beam score list. The squad’s top all-arounder as a freshman, she individually qualified for the NCAA Central Regional Championships and was nominated for the MAC Gymnast and Freshman of the Year Awards.
A three-year letterwinner at WVU, Millick was the first WVU gymnast to earn a spot on the All-Big 12 Tournament Team, as she finished second in the all-around at the 2013 championship.
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In addition to her athletic achievements, Millick is a two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and All-EAGL Academic Team member. She was named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team and also earned a spot on the President’s List, Dean’s List, Big 12 Commissioner’s and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Rolls while at WVU.
Millick was a two-time national qualifier at Gym Dandy’s in Washington.
Millick earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise and physiology at WVU in May 2014.