Jenny (Alf) Hansen, a Gopher gymnast from 2000-2003, and a former volunteer assistant coach, is entering her ninth season in 2014-15 as the associate head coach for the Gopher women's gymnastics program. Hansen, who spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois before returning to the Minnesota program, is involved in virtually every aspect of the program.
Hansen is responsible for the Gophers' vaulting team, and also works with the beam and floor competitors. She acts as a liaison with several groups, including the booster club and Gopher gymnastics alumnae. Hansen is very involved in planning the annual Minnesota Gymnastics Foundation Hall of Fame banquet.
In her time with the Gophers as a full-time coach since 2007, Minnesota has gone 133-96-3 and has been selected for an NCAA Regional in every season. In the past two seasons, Minnesota has repeated as the Big Ten regular season champion and achieved its highest national finish ever, placing eighth. Hansen has coached Big Ten individual championsCarmelina Carabajal and Lindsay Mable and helped lead Mable and Hanna Nordquist achieve All-American status.
At Illinois, Hansen primarily dealt with the floor exercise, music selection compilation, and choreography. In addition to coaching the floor exercise competitors, she also played an important role in on-campus recruiting and alumni relations. Illinois recorded a record of 11-12 in 2006, and finished seventh at the Big Ten Championship with a team score of 192.500. At the NCAA South Central Region Championship, Illinois came in fourth with a score of 193.125, and finished the season with a No. 25 national ranking.
As a volunteer assistant coach in 2005, Hansen helped coach the Golden Gophers to a third-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, which was the team's highest finish at the conference championships since 2002. As a student assistant coach in 2004, she helped lead Minnesota to record-breaking performances, including the program's best team score, a 197.700, and the best uneven bars and balance beam scores in team history.
As a gymnast, Hansen competed as a Golden Gopher from 2000-2003. In 2003, she finished fifth in the vault at the NCAA Regional Championships with a career-best score of 9.850. At the completion of her career, she ranked third on Minnesota's all-time top performers list on the balance beam (9.925), was tied for seventh on the floor exercise list (9.925), and was tied for ninth all-time on the vault (9.850).
Hansen, a native of Ripon, Wis., served as a team captain in her senior season with the Maroon and Gold. She was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She completed her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in at the University of Minnesota in May of 2004.
Hansen and her husband Justin reside in Rosemount, Minn.