DURHAM, N.H. (March 21, 2014) – Rutgers gymnastics third-year assistant coach Umme Salim-Beasley has been named East Atlantic Gymnastics League Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced Friday at the annual EAGL banquet at the University of New Hampshire. Salim-Beasley primary works with the uneven bars and serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet Knights, among other day-to-day duties within the program.
“Umme has done a great job during her three seasons on staff and is well-deserving of this honor,” head coach Louis Levine said. “She has raised the level of recruiting, expanding our base from regional to national. In addition, she has been instrumental in leading our bars lineup. It is great to see Umme recognized for her work.”
An accomplished gymnast during her collegiate days at West Virginia, Salim-Beasley was hired in Aug. 2011 and has helped elevate the program to its highest regular season regional qualifying score (RQS) in school history (195.200) this season. The uneven bars has been a big part of it, with senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.), redshirt junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia), junior Emma Hoffman (Union, N.J.) and freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.) all earning All-EAGL status in the event. Gunzelman holds the top RQS in the conference at 9.845.
Traditionally recruiting in New Jersey and the surrounding states, Salim-Beasley has expanded RU’s base nationally to attract top talent from outside the area. The Scarlet Knights now have gymnasts from Florida, South Carolina and Massachusetts on the roster, and have already signed an Arizona native to a National Letter of Intent for next season as well.
The Scarlet Knights will compete in the EAGL Championships Saturday at 2 p.m. on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.