ASSISTANT COACH RYAN ROBERTS
Ryan Roberts is in his first season as a member of Dana Duckworth's Alabama gymnastics staff after joining the Crimson Tide as an assistant coach in August of 2018.
“Ryan is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Duckworth said. “He is a sharp, highly respected coach with international and national elite experience who has high expectations for himself and his athletes. His gymnast-first philosophy encompasses not only performance, but the mental and physical well-being and long-term development of the total person as well. This belief complements the very foundation of our program.”
Roberts comes to Alabama following five years with the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Frisco, Texas. At WOGA, he coached members of the United States, Russian and Ecuadorian national teams. He also coached a trio of USA international Elite gymnasts, three Junior Olympic national champions and numerous gymnasts who earned college scholarships.
“Ryan is not only an excellent coach, but he is a person of tremendous character whose holistic development of student-athletes will be a great asset to The University of Alabama and our gymnastics program,” Duckworth added.
A former U.S. Junior Olympic National All-Around Champion, a U.S. National Championships all-around bronze medalist and a three-year member of the U.S. Junior National Team, Roberts helped lead the United States to a win in the 1996 USA vs. Canada meet.
“I am very excited to be joining The University of Alabama gymnastics staff and look forward to working with Dana and Bill (Lorenz),” Roberts said. “I identify with Dana’s philosophy and vision for the team along with her passion to see her student-athletes be the best on the competition floor as well as be the best version of themselves outside the gym.”
A much sought after coach at gymnastics clinics and camps across the nation, Roberts spent six years as head coach of the Nedre Glomma Turn Gymnastics Club in Fredrikstad, Norway prior to joining the WOGA staff.
Roberts also served as the Norwegian National Team head coach for numerous international competitions including European Championships, Challenger Cups, Northern European Championships and Nordic Championships. In fall 2013, he was head coach of the Norwegian Senior and Junior National Team camps, and of developmental camps for Norway’s future national team and international competitors.
A former communications officer and platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps, Roberts’ coaching career spans 20-plus years, including a number of years at West Coast Elite Gymnastics (Arcadia, Calif.).
“In addition to his technical knowledge of the sport and professionalism, his diverse background, education, military and professional experience will make a huge difference for our gymnasts and staff,” Duckworth said.
Roberts competed for two years at the University of New Mexico before finishing his career as a two-time NCAA qualifier at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003. He also earned a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2010.
Roberts and his wife Hanne have three children, Leo Olav, Aurora Amber and Pax Luca Ryan.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan, Hanne and their children to the Alabama gymnastics family, the Tuscaloosa community and the Crimson Tide nation,” Duckworth said.
Roberts joins a Crimson Tide program that earned its 36th consecutive NCAA championships appearance in 2018, the second longest streak in collegiate gymnastics history. Alabama also posted its 36th consecutive top-nine national finish and won its NCAA-best 32nd regional team title in 2018. In conference competition, Alabama earned its 29th top-two finish at the SEC championships.