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Jenny (Alf) Hansen, a Gopher gymnast from 2000-2003 and a former volunteer assistant coach, finished her third season at the helm for the Gopher women's gymnastics program in 2017.
Under her tenure, the Gophers advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championships as a full team - the first time since 2013. Hansen was named the 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year as the team finished with a 9-0 Big Ten record, a feat the program has never done. The Maroon and Gold also were named the Big Ten Regular-Season Champions. In her time with the Gophers as a full-time coach since 2007, Minnesota has gone 167-102-3 and has been selected for an NCAA Regional every season.
The 2017 season boasted the largest team in program history with 18 gymnasts, including nine returners and nine newcomers. 11 new routines were included in lineups at the Big Ten Championships and nearly half of the routines were from first time competitors.
During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Minnesota repeated as the Big Ten regular season champions and achieved its highest national finish ever, placing eighth. Hansen has coached Big Ten individual champions Carmelina Carabajal and Lindsay Mable and helped lead Mable and Hanna Nordquist achieve All-American status. Mable also earned a place at the NCAA Qualifier, was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Big Ten Champion on floor exercise and vault, NCAA Regional Champion, regular season All-American, North Central Gymnast of the year and was a Honda Award Nominee.
Hansen spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois before returning to the Minnesota program. 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, her husband Justin and two sons reside in Rosemount, Minn.
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