Missouri adds former athlete to gymnastics coaching staff

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 8:48 p.m. CDT; updated 10:11 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Missouri gymnastics team added former student-athlete Adrianne Perry as a volunteer assistant coach, the program announced in a press release Thursday.

Perry, a Columbia native and Blue Springs High School graduate, competed at Missouri from 2006-09. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in textile and apparel management.

“Since hanging up my competition leo in 2009, I have continued to be a big supporter of the program," Perry said in the news release. “It will be fun to take on a new role as a coach and mentor for these young women.”

After taking a brief hiatus from gymnastics following graduation, Perry worked as a choreographer for various gymnasts in the Midwest over the last three years. She also coached at the club-level in both Missouri and Illinois during that time.

As a student-athlete, Perry earned numerous accolades at Missouri. She won the Big 12 all-around and floor titles in 2008 and defended her floor title in 2009. She also qualified for Nationals during each of her four years with the program, the only gymnast in Missouri history to do so.

Perry is now the sixth member of second-year coach Shannon Welker's staff.

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