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.
The 2019 campaign marks the third season for Chris Licameli as assistant coach at Southeast. Licameli’s role involves coaching the Redhawk bars team, assisting with recruiting and coordinating travel.
In 2018, Licameli coached three USA Gymnastics All-Americans in Alexis Brawner (first team on vault, second team on bars and floor), McKinzie Jones (first team on beam) and McKenna Stanley (second team on bars). Southeast averaged a bars score of 47.760 and posted a season-best mark of 48.775 against Centenary on March 9.
Under his guidance, the 2017 Redhawks team averaged a 47.523 on bars and recorded a season-best score of 48.800 against Air Force on March 5. Alexis Brawner earned All-MIC first-team honors on bars after she tallied a career-high of 9.825 at the MIC Championship.
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.