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Janet Anson is in her second year with the Utah State gymnastics program.
Anson, a native of Kansas City, Mo., comes to USU after two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa State, where she shared coaching responsibilities for floor and vault, along with planning floor workouts and endurance training.
With the Aggies, Anson will mainly handle beam coaching duties along with floor choreography as well as assisting in recruiting.
"I'm very excited for her to be here. I think she brings a lot of experience to the table, both from her time competing and her coaching career, learning from Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne," Richards said.
Last season Anson mentored Rebecca Holliday to a second-team all-WAC finish on beam, as well as first-team all-WAC all-arounder Heather Heinrich. Anson also helped guide Henrich and Lyndsie Boone to all-around performances at the NCAA Regional Championships.
In 2009, Anson helped guide the Cyclones to a No. 19 national ranking in the final Troester/GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Rankings. ISU finished third in the North Central Regional, the same regional that Utah State's five individuals competed. The Cyclones had three Big 12 individual co-champions, winning a share of the beam, vault and bars titles.
"She was a national competitor all four years she was at Iowa State, leading them to the Super Six one year. I think she'll bring out a great deal of experience from the high level competitive meets to help the girls mentally and physically in those late season big meets like conference championships, regional meets and hopefully soon, the NCAA championships," Richards said.
"Being a part of a Super 16 and going to nationals, she understands what it takes. She has instilled in them to keep fighting. Everyone has injuries, but you have to keep pushing. She has done a wonderful job of keeping them focused and getting them to fight," Richards said.
Richards is familiar with both Anson's competitiveness and coaching skills, having coached against her when he was an assistant at Iowa, and he's excited about them progressing from foes to allies.
"She's a fierce competitor, and she brings that to her coaching. I think she'll be able to help the girls focus and find that competitiveness within themselves," Richards said.
Anson's two seasons coaching at Iowa State came after her very successful career there, and she is one of the most decorated gymnasts in Iowa State history.
Anson earned All-America accolades eight times, and she was also two-time Big 12 Gymnast of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Her honors and award collection also includes the 2007 American Award, 2007 North Central Region Gymnast of the Year, 2007 Kansas City Sports Commission Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year, 2007 Honda Sports Award Finalist. Anson also qualified for the NCAA individual finals all four years she competed, was a three-time Big 12 champion, two-time regional champion and NCAA runner-up on vault. She was also the two-time Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2006 in addition to being the first-ever Cyclone Nation "Ms. Cyclone."
Off the floor of competition, she was also a member of the Iowa State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and the Big 12 Good Works Team.
In addition to her Iowa State coaching duties, Anson was also the team Director/Optional Coach for Cardinal Gymnastics Academy in Ames, Iowa.
Anson earned her bachelor's degree in heath and human performance from Iowa State in 2007.