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STANFORD, Calif. — Kristen Smyth is stepping down as head coach of the Stanford women’s gymnastics team, as announced Friday by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir.

“I am thankful for Kristen’s contributions to our gymnastics program over her 16 years of service,” said Muir.

Under her leadership, the program reached new heights competitively while maintaining high standards in the classroom.

Smyth led the Cardinal to unprecedented success in the gym during her tenure, including seven NCAA Super Six appearances and four top-four finishes. Of Stanford’s 115 All-America honors, 95 have come under Smyth’s leadership.

The 2012 season was particularly noteworthy, with a program-high seven All-Americans and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championship meet, only 0.35 out of first place.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Stanford has given me to work with incredible student-athletes and colleagues,” said Smyth.



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Tanya Ho of Sacramento State has been named UAA’s new head gymnastics coach. (Photo courtesy Sacramento State Athletics)

A California woman who excelled as both a competitor and a coach in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation will be the next head gymnastics coach at UAA.

Tanya Ho will replace program founder Paul Stoklos as coach of the Seawolves. Stoklos, the only head coach in school history, retired this spring after 33 years at UAA.

Ho competed at UC Davis and coached at Sacramento State, schools that are members of the same conference as the Seawolves.

In 2010, as a senior at UC Davis, she was named the conference’s athlete of the year. In 2016 — the same year Stoklos was named the conference’s head coach of the year — Ho was named assistant coach of the year.



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No matter the profession, most people are always looking for their next challenge. Whether it be at their current job or at a new one.

For John Walker that was part of the reason he decided to leave the New Albany baseball program after eight years. Walker, the head coach of the New Albany Bulldogs since 2009, was named the new head coach of the Lafayette High baseball team last week. Walker is replacing former head coach Greg Lewis, who became the Commodores’ newest athletics director earlier this month and had to vacate his post.



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CINCINNATI – After a decorated playing career and four years as an assistant on the Xavier baseball staff, Billy O’Conner was named the program’s seventh head coach on Tuesday.

“Billy is the full package when it comes to his playing, coaching and recruiting experience,” said Xavier Director of Athletics Greg Christopher. “His passion for Xavier, mind for the game and tireless recruiting efforts have made him an invaluable part of our coaching staff during some great years for the program. More than that, I know he will continue our commitment to developing young men as students and people in addition to competitive baseball players. Billy has a bright future in coaching and I am excited to see the program continue to grow under his direction.”

O’Conner recently completed his fourth season as an assistant on the XU staff during the 2016-17 season, helping the Musketeers to a third BIG EAST Championship in four years and a second straight NCAA Tournament Regional Final.
“This opportunity is a dream come true for me,” said O’Conner. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to grow up in the Xavier community, have the opportunity to play baseball at Xavier and now have the opportunity to represent the university and the baseball program as the head coach. This school and this program truly are home to me. I could not be more excited to help to build on a great foundation already in place.”

KUSA – Multiple league and team sources have told 9News in recent days Vance Joseph is the top candidate to replace Denver Broncos’ head coach Gary Kubiak.

There have also been team sources who have said no final determination has been made and none will be until the interview process is completed.

The Broncos so far have only three candidates they will interview – Kansas City Chiefs’ special teams coordinator Dave Toub, mind Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Joseph, the Miami Dolphins’ coordinator.

All three coaches are also preparing their units for the playoffs. Toub’s Chiefs and Shanahan’s Falcons have first-round playoff byes as No. 2 seeds. Joseph’s Dolphins are the AFC’s No. 6 seed and play this Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“It’s flattering when teams have interest in you,’’ Joseph told the Miami media Thursday. “But for me I’ve got one focus this week and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers. My thought process has not gone there (to interviewing for the Broncos’ head coaching position). It won’t go there. My job now is to beat Pittsburgh. …
“I haven’t spent one moment on the future. The future for me is Sunday at 1.’’

The Broncos will interview Toub in the Kansas City-area Friday and Shanahan in the Atlanta-area on Saturday.

Regardless of whether the Dolphins win or lose Sunday, the Broncos will be able to interview Joseph next week. If the Dolphins lose they can fly Joseph to Denver. If the Dolphins beat the Steelers, the Broncos’ contingent must fly to Miami for their interview.

Meaning no disrespect to Joseph, a former University of Colorado backup quarterback, but on the surface the fact he is the Broncos’ top choice going into the interview process is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Although his NFL experience as a defensive backs coach is extensive and impressive, Joseph has only been a coordinator for one season – and his Miami Dolphins defense ranked No. 29 in the 32-team league this year.

Ordinarily, the hot candidates in the head coaching pool each year are coordinators coming off impressive seasons. Shanahan’s Falcons ranked No. 2 in offense with 415.8 yards per game and No. 1 in scoring with 33.8 points per game.

Toub’s Kansas City special teams were ranked No. 2 in the league by Football Outsiders and No. 6 by Pro Football Focus. Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill led the NFL with three combined punt and kickoff touchdown returns.

Cleary, Joseph impressed the Broncos’ football hierarchy two years ago when he interviewed for the head coaching job that went to Gary Kubiak. Joseph was Kubiak’s defensive backs coach for three years with the Houston Texans (2011-13) and Kubiak was so impressed with his work, he tried to hire Joseph as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2015.

When Cincinnati owner Mike Brown wouldn’t release Joseph from the final year of his contract, the Broncos instead hired Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

And the rest is Broncos and NFL defensive history.

Joseph, 44, was recruited out of a Catholic high school in Marrero, La. by CU Buffalo coach Bill McCartney. Joseph’s junior and senior seasons of 1993-94 overlapped with the freshman and sophomore years of linebacker Matt Russell, who is now the Broncos’ director of player personnel and John Elway’s right-hand man.

After coaching seven years in the college ranks, including five seasons in two stints with the CU Buffaloes, Joseph broke into the NFL as San Francisco’s defensive backs coach in 2005.

He joined Kubiak’s staff in Houston where Phillips was his immediate boss as defensive coordinator.

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With the Jacksonville Jaguars significant struggles scoring points and the regression of third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, drug some have suggested that a change is in order at the position to create a spark.

After the team’s fourth consecutive loss, head coach Gus Bradley endorsed Bortles again on Monday.

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When the new Georgia football head coach is announced, and he will need a good, cialis harsh dose of Bulldog reality.  

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation. You will find Athens the greatest city in the world. The passion of the Georgia football family is second to none. The love and affection of Bulldogs everywhere will be a blessing to you and your family.

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49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Chip Kelly has been named the 19th head coach in franchise history.
“We are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, pharmacy ” CEO Jed York said. “Chip has a proven track record at both the college and NFL levels that speaks for itself. We believe strongly that he is the right man to get this team back to competing for championships. I look forward to watching Trent and Chip work closely to build a team that will make us all proud.”

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