Head Coach Jackie Fain embarks on her ninth season at the helm of the Ladies gymnastics program for the 2020 season.
Fain came to Centenary College for the 2011-2012 season. She wasted no time in putting her stamp on the program as the team’s regional qualifying score of 191.355 was its highest in four seasons. The team also qualified for the USA Gymnastics (USAG) nationals as a team, garnering four All-American gymnasts.
In Fain’s nine seasons with Centenary Gymnastics, the 2013 Midwest Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year has mentored 10 different athletes to 27 All-American accolades by the USAG, 14 all-conference recognitions, two USAG National Meet team appearances and the highest team score (193.975 in 2013) since the 2005 season.
Coach Fain also mentored assistant Morgan Leachman for the 2016-2018 season. Following the USAG Championships in April 2018, Leachmann was named the USAG Assistant Coach of the Year.
While the athletic achievements are impressive, Fain has made sure the Ladies have emphasised the STUDENT in student-athlete. During her tenure, Ladies Scholastic All-American 37 times through the 2018 season. In fact, the Ladies recorded the 11th highest GPA in the nation in 2017.
Hosting the MIC Championships in 2019, the Ladies finished fifth and beat rival Southeast Missouri State. Navia Jordan finished all conference on beam and floor, while Cami Bea Austin received All-Conference recognition on vault. Five athletes qualifed for USAG competition. Jordan grabbed All-American honors on both beam anbd floor, finishing with the second-highest score on floor for the second-straight season to end her stellar Ladies Gymnastics career.
For 2018, Centenary went from not scoring above a 189.750 in the first six meets to finishing with a 190+ in 4-of-6 meets to end the season - including three straight meets of 191 plus. That included a 191.175 against Southeast Missouri State to knock of its Midwest Independent Conference rival. At the annual USAG Championships, Tavia Smith used career highs on bars, beam, and floor to finish as an All-American in the all-around (also with a career high total). Navia Jordan garnered All-American accolades on floor and finished fourth on floor at event finals on the apparatus, just 0.025 from being a national champion. Freshman Sierra Ponder received Second Team All-American honors on bars.
In all, five athletes qualified for competion at the USAG Championships.
In 2017, 10 athletes qualified for USAG Nationals while Ashley White earned All-American recognition on the beam and finished as national runner-up in the beam finals. She also became the first Centenary gymnast to compete in NCAA postseason twice in the all-around. White was also the lone NCAA Division III qualifier for nationals.
In 2016, Ashley White became the fourth gymnast in program history to qualify for the NCAA regional. Competing in the all-around, she was also the only Division III athlete to compete on all four apparatuses at an NCAA regional. White also captured First Team USAG All-American laurels in the all-around and on vault and beam. Her 39.200 mark in the all-around at USAG nationals ranks fourth in program history and was the best total in 11 years.
White also received All-American honors on both vault and beam. Navia Jordan won First Team All-American distinction on floor. Megan Desjardins finished Second Team All-Conference on beam.
At Lindenwood on March 11, 2016, White’s 9.85 was just 0.25 off the Ladies record (and would have broken the record if not for a change in vault start values for the 2016 season).
On beam, the Ladies hit all 18 routines at home. In their final home meet of the season, Centenary posted a 48.975 on the apparatus, the second-best team total in the school’s history.
Ashley White (all-around, beam) and Noel Stubbs (vault) each grabbed USAG All-American honors in 2015. Kellie Slater was named Second Team All-Conference on floor.
In 2014, she oversaw six national qualifiers with Robyn Price advancing to the event finals in bars. Sylvia Keiter, Stephanie Strickler, Kellie Slater, Megan Desjardins and Jordan Anderson all qualified for nationals. Megan Frazzini, Natalie Humbert, Kellie Slater and Stephanie Strickler were named to the Midwest Independent Conference’s All-Academic Team.
For the 2013 season, Fain led the Maroon and White to a third place finish at the USA Gymnastics National Championships behind back-to-back, season-high performances. Under Fain's tutelage, five gymnasts received all-American honors with three claiming academic, all-American laurels.
During the national championships, Meg Crowley and Jessica Lieblich moved to individual finals with Crowley taking third in floor exercise. Crowley also added All-MIC honors along with Robyn Price.
In her first season at the helm, the Ladies reached new heights for the first time in several seasons and witnessed 53 individual career-highs set during the campaign. The Maroon and White recorded their highest score in six years with a 193.200 and its highest regional qualifying score in four seasons with a 191.335. Along with the highest team RQS; the squad also registered the highest RQS scores on the vault, beam and floor in four seasons.
Along with the success, the 2012 squad qualified for the USA Gymnastics Nationals as a team and saw four all-conference and four all-Americans recognized for their accomplishments.
Prior to joining Centenary Fain served 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.
Fain worked as the first assistant coach at Midwest Independent 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 Gymnast, helped guide 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. In the fall of 2015, Fain added Senior Women's Administrator to her duties at Centenary.