PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2014) – Rutgers gymnastics head coach Louis Levine has been named the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) Northeast Region Head Coach of the Year. He also earned East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Coach of the Year in March.
Levine is in his sixth season overall as a member of the Rutgers Gymnastics coaching staff and his third season as head coach. The award comes after the Scarlet Knights’ first NCAA Regionals appearance since 2007, putting up a school-record 195.340 regional qualifying score (RQS) throughout the year.
“I am very proud of this team and I don’t use that word too often,” Levine said after the NCAA Regionals. “I am really proud of how we’ve done this year. We took the step forward that we have been building up for. This isn’t the end for us, this is just the beginning. We will keep pushing and we will keep getting better and better.”
Although the team will not be moving on, Levine will send senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.) to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Nationals. Gunzelman will be the second Scarlet Knight to appear at Nationals, and the first since 2002.
Levine led RU to a number of other milestones during the 2014 season. The team posted two of its top three scores in school history this season and five of the top nine. The Scarlet Knights set a new team record with a 196.225 mark March 8 in a meet at home. RU broke two event records as well. They posted a team record score on vault (49.200) Feb. 9 at George Washington and a team record score on floor exercise (49.325) March 8 at home. Six different gymnasts picked up 11 All-EAGL accolades and 12 earned All-Scholastic Team Recognition.
The NACGC/W awards a head coach, assistant coach, gymnast and administrator of the year from six different Division I regions: North Central, Central, Northeast, West, Southeast, and South Central. This makes Levine one of six head coaches to be honored nationally. He will receive the award at the NACGC/W Convention in New Orleans.
Levine becomes the second Rutgers gymnastics coach to receive Northeast Region Coach of the Year, joining Crystal Chollet-Norton (2011).