TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama women’s gymnastics team now has a new head coach.
UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Monday that Ashley Priess-Johnston will take over the program following the departure of Dana Duckworth. Johnston will be formally introduced at a press conference Friday.
Johnston was a 10-time All-American with the Crimson Tide and a member of back-to-back NCAA Championship teams in 2011 and 2012. She closed out the 2012 NCAA Championships with a near-perfect balance beam routine to clinch Alabama’s sixth national team title.
She comes to Tuscaloosa from Auburn, where she was the associate head coach. Johnston helped lead the Tigers to a fourth-place national finish last season, its highest in program history. In her first season with the Tigers, Johnston earned the 2019 WCGA Central Region Assistant coach of the Year award.