Fain Named New Gymnastics Coach
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Centenary Director of Athletics Dr. William Broussard has named Jackie Fain, former nationally ranked gymnast at the University of Kentucky and Assistant Coach of the Year at TWU, as the program's head gymnastics coach. Fain begins her post immediately.

"I am excited about Coach Fain, as are the members of the Gymnastics team who have had the opportunity to get to meet her. She has tremendous energy and knowledge and is the perfect person to steer the Centenary Gymnastics program," noted Broussard.

Fain joins the Centenary family after serving as a coach and choreographer at the U.S. Gold Gymnastics Academy in Roanoke, Texas since 2008. In that role, Fain coached several state champions and helped members qualify for regional and national competitions.

"I am extremely grateful to President Rowe and Dr. Broussard for giving me the opportunity to lead the Ladies Gymnastics program into this new era for Centenary College," said Fain. "I am so excited about this group of young women at Centenary and what they each bring to the College and to the team!  I am both privileged and honored to be their next head coach."

Prior to that position, Fain worked as the First Assistant Coach at MIC Conference foe, Texas Woman's University, from 2001-07. She was a two-time USAG Assistant Coach of the Year, named NACGC/W Division II Assistant Coach of the Year and MIC Conference Assistant Coach of the Year during her six-year stint. Fain directed 16 athletes to All-American status and mentored over 50 Scholastic All-Americans.

She built an extensive resume after working several high-level camps over her career including University of Oklahoman, University of Missouri, University of Kentucky, and Iowa State.

Fain began her collegiate studies at the University of Kentucky and competed on the Wildcats gymnastics team. She holds the school record in every event including All-Around. During her time at UK, Fain was named Most Valuable Player and led the team to three NCAA Regional berths and was an individual qualifier in the All-Around competition. She was UK's first nationally ranked gymnast (16th).

Along with her coaching and student-athlete accolades, Fain is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, serves on the NACGC/W Judges Educational Committee, and holds a national rating as a gymnastics judge since 1992.

Fain earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University in 2007 and her Master's of Science in Sports Administration from American Public University in 2009.

Fain inherits a Ladies squad that is coming off a USAG Collegiate Nationals appearance a year ago. The team welcomes back three seniors in Lauren Carlton, Stephanie Wright and Melody Smith. Also returning is NCAA Individual Regional qualifier, junior All-Arounder Jessica Lieblich.