Meet The Staff

Jordyn Wieber
Head Coach

Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber was introduced as the head coach of the Arkansas Women’s Gymnastics program on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek.

Wieber is a familiar name in the gymnastics community after a prolific career as a competitor, including earning a gold medal as part of Team USA in the 2012 Olympics. Since finishing her competitive career, Wieber has served as an assistant for legendary UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field, helping lead the Bruins to the 2018 NCAA Championship. Beyond the gym, Wieber has served as an outspoken advocate for victims of child sexual abuse. Wieber has used the platform of gymnastics to encourage and inspire generations of young girls and others around the nation.

Wieber recently wrapped up her third season as a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA and her sixth with the program, assisting the team in a variety of roles during her first three years in Westwood following her Olympic career.

Wieber coached the Bruins on floor exercise, an event in which UCLA finished the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons ranked No. 1 in the nation. In 2019, the Bruins recorded scores of 49.5 or better in 11 of 14 meets, averaging a national-best 49.604 on floor. UCLA hit a season-high 49.825 on March 16, which ranks No. 3 all-time in school history, behind five scores of 9.925 or better in that meet, including two perfect 10s. The floor squad also posted marks of 49.775 (March 23) and 49.750 (Feb. 16) over the course of the year, as four Bruins earned regular season All-America honors in the event – Katelyn Ohashi, Kyla Ross, Gracie Kramer and Felicia Hano.

At the NCAA Championships on April 19-20, Wieber coached Ross to the individual floor title with a score of 9.950, the program’s second in as many years after Ohashi took home the crown in 2018. After winning their semifinal session with a 197.650 (49.6125 in the floor), UCLA finished third overall in the finals.

The 2018 Bruins scored 49.4 or higher in 11 meets and 49.6 or higher in three meets, including a national season-high of 49.775 set Feb. 25. She and her fellow UCLA coaches were named the 2018 West Region Assistant Coaches of the Year, as they helped lead the Bruins to Pac-12, NCAA regional and NCAA national titles.

Wieber, who has been a vocal advocate for safe sport, has won several awards in the past year, including the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, the Rising Star Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Giant Steps A Hero Among Us Award.

A member of the “Fierce Five” United States squad that won team gold at the 2012 Olympics, Wieber was a two-time U.S. all-around champion (2011 and 2012) and the 2011 World all-around champion. Her illustrious Elite Career included three medals (all-around and team gold, beam bronze) at the 2011 World Championships, four U.S. senior national titles (all-around, bars and floor in 2011 and all-around in 2012). She was also the 2008 U.S. junior all-around, vault and floor exercise champion and the American Cup all-around champion in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She dominated the competition at the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, winning four gold medals (all-around, uneven bars, floor exercise, team) and one silver (vault). In her first international competition at the 2007 Junior Pan American Championships, she won gold medals on uneven bars and balance beam, silver in the all-around and bronze on floor exercise. Wieber officially retired from competitive gymnastics in 2015.

Wieber, from DeWitt, Mich., graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. She was a 2016 inductee into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame and is also a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team

Chris Bogantes
Assistant Coach

Chris Bogantes was named an assistant coach of Arkansas Gymnastics by head coach Jordyn Wieber on Friday, May 17, 2019. Bogantes (Bo-gan-tays) joins the Razorbacks after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois for the women’s program.

“Chris Bogantes has the experience and coaching ability that we need to take this program to the next level,” Wieber said. “His recruiting experience, knowledge of technique and passion for the future of Arkansas Gymnastics really stood out to me. We are excited he will be joining us from Illinois and bringing with him a strong belief that this program will succeed.”

In his two years in Champaign, Bogantes helped the Illini to a pair of top three finishes at the Big Ten Championship, including a second-place team mark in 2019, led by a conference title on the uneven bars by Mary Jane Otto. The year before, Bridget Hodan captured the beam crown to help the squad to a third-place finish.

Under the new regional format, Illinois advanced to the second round of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional and finished third among the four squads on day two. In 2018, the Illini placed third in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, while qualifying Rae Balthazor individually for the all-around competition at the NCAA Championships, where she would finish eighth to earn second team All-America honors on the floor.

Prior to Illinois, Bogantes was an assistant coach at Utah State, propelling the Aggies to an NCAA Regional appearance and a second-place finish at the 2017 MRGC Championships. He has also made stops at Southeast Missouri State, Texas Women’s University, Ball State and LSU. Bogantes brings experience in club gymnastics as well, coaching at Elite Gymnastics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 2006-08, and Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream, Illinois, from 2011-12.

“I am excited to join Jordyn’s staff and be a part of the new era of Arkansas Gymnastics,” Bogantes said. “I really believe in her vision for this program and look forward to partnering with her to make it all possible. I can’t wait to move to Fayetteville and get started coaching and recruiting.”

Chris Brooks
Assistant Coach

Chris Brooks was named an assistant coach of Arkansas Gymnastics by head coach Jordyn Wieber on Friday, May 17, 2019. Brooks joins the Razorbacks after serving as an assistant coach for the men’s team at his alma mater, Oklahoma, last year.

“Chris Brooks will be an incredible addition to this coaching staff,” Wieber said. “He has the knowledge, passion and energy that this program needs to continue growing. He truly cares about the development of the athletes he coaches, both as athletes and people.”

Brooks and the Oklahoma men’s program put together a phenomenal year in 2019, winning 19-straight meets, including the MPSF Championship for the eighth consecutive season. OU saw their streak of 121-straight victories come to an end at the NCAA Championships, earning a runner-up spot to conclude the year, leaving the meet with 11 All-America honors.

Before his return to Norman, Brooks spent a year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, leading the women’s vault and floor squads. The Huskers picked up the outright Big Ten All-Around title from Megan Schweihofer on a career-best score of 39.525, while also sharing the floor (Schweihofer), vault (Taylor Houchin) and beam (Grace Williams) crowns en route to a second-place team finish. Nebraska wrapped the season with its best finish since 2014, placing sixth at the NCAA Super Six with eight All-America accolades and the team’s highest overall score in five years at 197.525.

“I’m honored to be joining the Razorback family and Jordyn’s staff,” Brooks said. “I’m really excited about where Jordyn wants to take this program and can’t wait to assist her in building on the great foundation that is Arkansas Gymnastics.”

Brooks has an elite background as a competitor, earning seven NCAA All-America honors, two national championships as a student-athlete at OU in 2006 & 2008 and was a four-time U.S. individual event national champion. He made his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after serving as an alternate on the 2012 U.S. team in London and was named team captain of the U.S. Men’s Olympic gymnastics team for the Rio squad.