The 2019 season marks Ashley Lawson’s first year as Head Coach of the Southeast Missouri Women’s Gymnastics Team.
Lawson was previously an assistant coach at Lindenwood University in 2018. There, she was the balance beam coach, helping lead the Lions to their fourth-straight Midwest Independent Conference title. Lindenwood also finished second in the team finals of the 2018 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships.
Lawson also served as a member of the Southeast Missouri women’s gymnastics coaching staff for one year in 2009-10. As an assistant coach at SEMO, Lawson was the head balance beam coach that helped coach three gymnasts to qualify for the 2010 NCAA Regionals. Also while acting as the head balance beam coach, Lawson turned Southeast’s weakest event into its second-best event in just six months.
Prior to her time at Southeast, Lawson was a gymnastics coach for three years at Suncoast Gymnastics Academy out of New Port Richey, Florida, and three years at Southern Starz Gymnastics out of Cape Coral, Florida. Her time at Suncoast was spent coaching levels 5-9 on all events and teaching beginner gymnastics to children ages 3-7. At Southern Starz, Lawson coached levels 4-10 on all events as well as coordinated strength and conditioning exercises for the gymnasts.
Director of Operations
Kaila Pohrte joins the women’s gymnastics team as the Director of Operations for the 2018 season.
Pohrte, a junior sport management major from New Lenox, Illinois, brings a wealth of athletic and gymnastics experience to the position.
She previously served as a compliance intern in the Southeast Missouri Department of Athletics and as a student worker at the Holcomb Success Center.