June 6, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Gymnastics Head Coach Shannon Welker announced the addition of John Carney and Casey Jo Magee to his staff today, June 6. Carney most recently spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State, and Magee will join the Tigers after two years with the Western Michigan Broncos.
"I am so excited about the character and passion of this coaching staff," Welker said. "They are definitely going to help give Mizzou the ability to compete at the highest level."
Carney will primarily work with the Tigers on the uneven bars. At Oregon State, Carney coached a pair of NCAA Regional Bars Champions and two Pac-10 Conference Bar Champions. In each of his years with the Beavers, his bar squads finished among the nation's best, never falling out of the top 10. Carney was named the 2013 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. In addition, Carney coached three gymnasts to All-American honors on the uneven bars, and his uneven bars competitors earned a combined 10 all-conference nods during his time at Oregon State. Carney was also responsible for organizing team conditioning programs and the competitive schedule. He managed film production and editing for practice and competitive review as well. Carney's skills have reached the national level as he has worked with USA Gymnastics for several seasons as a Junior Olympic National Team Training Camp staff member and he was selected as a presenter at the 2012 Coaches Convention. Prior to his time with the Beavers, Carney spent a season as the assistant gymnastics coach at Seattle Pacific University where he coached uneven bars, vault and tumbling. Carney is also familiar with club-level training as he spent seven years as the Co-Head Gymnastics Coach at Gymnastics East. There, Carney guided his gymnasts to eight Junior Olympic National team titles, five Junior Olympic National Champion individual titles and multiple State and Regional Championship titles. He is a five-time USA Gymnastics Washington Coach of the Year award winner, and a three-time USA Gymnastics Regional 2 Coach of the Year award winner.
"John's credentials and track record speak volumes about his coaching abilities," Welker pointed out. "His bar squads have been consistently ranked among the best in the country. Anyone that has spent any time around John can see how much enthusiasm and drive he puts into helping student-athletes be their best in all aspects of the college experience. I have been very impressed with his ability to get the most out of his student-athletes."
Magee, a former University of Arkansas All-American gymnast, will return to her SEC roots with the Tigers as she will serve as Mizzou's beam coach while assisting on floor exercise. She comes to Mizzou after spending two years as the assistant coach at Western Michigan University. At Western Michigan, Magee was responsible for beam and floor workouts, and also choreography and routine construction. She organized team travel during the competitive season and also assisted with budget management. While competing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Magee won 71 individual event titles on her way to eight All-America honors. She led Arkansas to a fifth-place national finish in 2009 and a No. 11 finish in 2010. Magee won the SEC Championship beam title, and she is also a two-time NCAA Regional Beam Champion and a NCAA Regional Floor Champion. She has also competed at the international level as she qualified for and competed in the 2011 and 2012 American Classic, the 2011 and 2012 Covergirl Classic and the 2011 Visa Championships.
"Casey Jo brings some very good experience from a coaching and former competitor standpoint," said Welker. "She was instrumental in helping the Broncos earn a team conference title in the MAC last season, and the student-athletes she has coached have shown clear improvement in skill development and consistency. Her reputation and accomplishments as an elite and NCAA gymnast allow her an in-depth understanding of the mental toughness required to win."
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