Goerlitz Takes the Reins of Gymnastics Program
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SHREVEPORTThe Centenary athletic department and Director of Athletics Tom Tallach announced the hiring of Gretchen Goerlitz, who will lead the Ladies’ gymnastic team.


Goerlitz comes to Centenary from Texas Woman’s University where she served as the Pioneers graduated assistant. At TWU, Goerlitz created a new conditioning program and coached the floor team to their highest score in school history.


Prior to her coaching career, Goerlitz served as a camp instructor at the Colorado Gymnastics Institute, University of Denver and TWU.


As a gymnast, Goerlitz competed at Utah State and Denver, where she performed on the vault, beam and floor exercise. At Utah State she was selected Academic All-America and helped lead Denver to a national ranking of 10th and an appearance at the NCAA National Championship meet. 


As a freshman for the Aggies in 2003, Goerlitz scored a 9.950 on floor, the second-best in Utah State history. She also qualified for the NCAA Regionals as an individual all-arounder and received the USU Whiteside’s Award, an honor given in recognition of academic excellence.


“We are excited to have Gretchen Goerlitz as our coach,” said Tallach.  “In recent years, this program has really over-achieved and we look forward to more of the same as we meet the challenges of the upcoming season.”


Goerlitz will take over a team that placed sixth at the USAG National Championship in April.