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Utah State head gymnastics coach Amy Smith announced on Wednesday the addition of Whitnee Johnson and Harris Bergman to her staff.
“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Whitnee and Harris to Utah State,” said Smith, who is in her first year with the program. “They are two stellar up-and-coming NCAA coaches. Their passion and love for the sport, the desire to constantly learn and evolve, and relentless work ethic fall completely in line with my expectations for the program. Additionally, their drive for academic and athletic excellence, and dedication to maintaining a positive student-athlete experience make Whitnee and Harris a perfect fit for taking Utah State gymnastics to the next level.”
Johnson most recently coached with Smith at North Carolina, while Bergman most recently coached at New Hampshire.
Johnson joins the Aggies after spending the previous two seasons with the Tar Heels. She primarily worked with the team on the vault and floor exercise. Prior to the start of the 2017 campaign, Johnson was promoted from a volunteer assistant to an assistant coach.
“I want to thank Amy Smith, Athletics Director John Hartwell and Deputy AD/SWA Jana Doggett for this opportunity and I am really looking forward to this year,” Johnson said. “With Amy’s passion and vision, and the team’s motivation to succeed, the future of USU gymnastics is very bright and I’m excited to be a part of it. Go Aggies!”
Johnson will serve as the head vault coach at Utah State and assist Smith on floor.
Prior to joining the North Carolina staff, Johnson competed at Kent State from 2012-15. During her time with the Golden Flashes, she accumulated an impressive list of accolades, both in the gym and in the classroom.
Johnson was an integral part of Kent State’s regular season championships in the Mid-American Conference in 2013 and 2014. As a senior, Johnson served as a captain for the Golden Flashes, leading the team to a first-place finish in the conference championship meet.
In May of 2015, Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in exercise science. She earned academic all-MAC and scholastic All-America honors throughout her four years at Kent State. Additionally, Johnson received the Presidential Award in 2015 for sustaining a 4.0 GPA during her senior year.
Throughout her career with the Golden Flashes, Johnson notched career-high scores of 9.875 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.875 on beam, 9.850 on floor and 39.150 in the all-around.
Bergman joins the Aggies after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at New Hampshire, where he helped the Wildcats to a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships in Gainesville, Fla.
“I am very excited to join the coaching staff at Utah State,” Bergman said. “The team is truly amazing and with Amy Smith as the new head coach, this is going to be a great fresh start for the team. I am extremely grateful that Amy, Athletics Director John Hartwell and Deputy AD/SWA Jana Doggett have given me this opportunity to be an assistant coach with the Aggies.”
Bergman will serve as the Aggies’ head bars coach.
Prior to his stint at New Hampshire, Bergman spent the 2015-16 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach at Pittsburgh, where he helped the Panthers win their first-ever EAGL title. He oversaw Pitt’s vault and floor exercise, and helped Lindsay Offutt qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships on floor. Bergman’s other responsibilities included that of primary spotter.
Bergman competed as a gymnast for 11 years and was a Level 10 gymnast for four years (2006-10), which included competing at the Men’s Junior Olympics, before incurring a career-ending injury.
Bergman then changed his attention to diving and was a four-year letterwinner on the men’s swimming & diving team at Pitt, where he was a three-time NCAA Regional qualifier and senior captain (2014-15). As a senior, he recorded a score in the 3-meter that marked as the highest in the program since November of 2008.
Bergman graduated with Cum Laude honors from Pitt in 2015 with a degree in economics and sociology.
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