Bridget Boyd enters her second season at West Virginia University as an assistant coach and is responsible for coaching the balance beam lineup.
Boyd helped revitalize the Mountaineer beam workers in 2012, as the team ranked nationally for six weeks, peaking at No. 14. Anchored by EAGL champion Beth Deal and first team All-EAGL honorees Hope Sloanhoffer and Kaylyn Millick, the lineup scored 49.0-plus twice, including a season-best 49.025. Additionally, Sloanhoffer scored 9.9-plus twice, including a career-best 9.95 mark. She became the first WVU gymnast to hit the benchmark since 2004.
The beam lineup was tasked with sealing the Mountaineers’ EAGL Championship victory. Competing with the lead in the final rotation, WVU scored 48.85, the team’s third-best score of the season, and solidified the win. The Mountaineers won their league-best seventh title, and first since 2008, with a final score of 196.475, the 10th-best mark in program history. Deal, the final gymnast to take to the beam, won the event outright with a career-high 9.9.
The Mountaineers’ beam performance also was crucial in the final meet of the season, as the team opened competition at the 2012 NCAA Auburn Regional Championships on the apparatus and scored 48.825, the team’s fourth-best score of the season, just short of the Mountaineers’ regional-best mark of 48.85. Sloanhoffer tied for third place with a 9.85 routine. WVU finished the meet in fifth place with a program regional-best score of 195.9.
Boyd was instrumental in helping guide Sloanhoffer to EAGL Gymnast of the Year honors. Additionally, Sloanhoffer earned first team All-EAGL beam honors, while Millick and Amanda Carpenter were named to the second team.
A native of Elberton, Ga., Boyd came to WVU after 12 years of club coaching experience.
Most recently a coach at Oconee Gymnastics Center in Watkinsville, Ga., Boyd also coached at Classic City Gymnastics Academy and Georgia Elite, both Georgia-based clubs. Additionally, she coached at five WVU Gymnastics Camps and has experience coaching all four events.
While at Georgia Elite, Boyd coached several level 10 regional championships qualifiers, including three-year (2007-09) Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier Lindsey Cheek. Cheek went on to earn a scholarship to Georgia, and as a freshman in 2011, finished 11th on vault at the NCAA National Championships and earned second team All-America honors. Boyd also mentored gymnasts to the level 9 eastern national championships.
In addition to coaching at the WVU Gymnastics Camp, Boyd also has coached at Brown’s Gymnastics Camp (2001) and UGA Gymdog Camp (2001-05, ’08).
A 13-year competitive gymnast, Boyd competed at Classic City Gymnastics Academy and was a level 9 eastern national championships qualifier.
Boyd earned her bachelor's degree from Georgia in recreation and leisure studies in 2006.