Wells Fargo Arena
Wells Fargo Arena, the home for Sun Devil men's and women's basketball as well as volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling, is one of the nation's finest collegiate arenas. Constructed in the spring of 1974 at the cost of $8 million, the 14,198-seat facility also plays host to graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts and shows. Read More
Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson named Jay Santos the head womens gymnastics coach on May 27, 2016.
Santos coached Eastern Michigan to the 2016 Mid-American Conference Championship, the programs first-ever NCAA Regional appearance, and finished the season ranked 17th in the nation – the highest national ranking in the history of the program.
In 2016, Eastern Michigan broke eight school records, including three on beam, earning Santos NCAA Central Regional Head Coach of the Year honors. Individually, Santos coached gymnast Rachel Slocum, who scored a career-high 9.900 to win the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional title on floor, to become only the second athlete in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Associate Head Coach
Jessica Santos was named associate head coach for Sun Devil Gymnastics on May 27, 2016.
Santos joins husband Jay Santos, who was named head coach of the Sun Devil Gymnastics program, also on May 27, 2016.
Santos helped coach Eastern Michigan to the 2016 Mid-American Conference Championship, the programs first-ever NCAA Regional appearance, and finished the season ranked 17th in the nation – the highest national ranking in the history of the program.
Stephen Buckner joined the Sun Devil gymnastics program as an assistant coach on Tuesday, June 15, 2016.
Buckner comes to Tempe from Seattle, where he spent this past season as an assistant at the University of Washington. There, he coached vault and floor, helping the Huskies to a third-place finish at the 2016 Salt Lake City Regional. He also had a hand in coaching Washingtons first individual NCAA Qualifier since 2013, all-arounder Allison Northey.
Prior to his time in Seattle, Buckner spent five years on the coaching staff at the University of Alabama, where he was both the teams strength and conditioning coach (2013-15) and a graduate assistant (2010-13). He helped the Crimson Tide to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012, and to two more top-four finishes in 2014 and 2015.