Jessa Hansen, formerly a coach at California and Head Over Heels Athletics Arts, joined the UC Davis women's gymnastics staff in June 2016. She works primarily with the beam squad while also serving the role of recruiting coordinator.
In Hansen's first season, the Aggies set a school beam record with a 49.175 at home against Air Force, then reset the benchmark at 49.225 the following weekend at the MPSF Championships. Additionally, then-junior Alexis Brown tied the individual record of 9.900 three times that year before Katy Nogaki hit a new standard of 9.925 in her final collegiate meet.
Hansen served for three seasons as an assistant to Golden Bears head coach Justin Howell, working in all aspects of the Cal program, including recruiting and team promotions. During that time, the Golden Bears finished 16th, 18th and seventh nationally, culminating with last year's appearance at the NCAA Championships -- just the second in program history. She helped Alicia Asturias (2014) and Toni-Ann Williams (2015, 2016) to All-America honors, with Williams later becoming the first Cal gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Hansen also served as a coach for the Emeryville-based Head Over Heels club during her time at Cal. Working with athletes of Levels 3-10, she guided teams and individuals to Junior Olympic state, region and naional titles.
Originally from the Des Moines, Iowa area, Hansen attended the University of Iowa, where she won two All-Big Ten Conference awards and three Academic All-Big Ten nods during her career from 2009 to 2013. She added NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors from 2010-12, Big Ten Sportsmanship awards in 2010 and 2011, six total Dean's List appearances, plus a nomination for the 24 Hawkeyes To Watch list in 2012. After completing her degree in journalism & mass communication, Hansen served as both a volunteer assistant and sports information contact for women's gymnastics for the 2013 season.
Prior to her collegiate career, the Waukee Senior High School grad was a teammate with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson at Chow's Gymnastics, the same club that later produced Team USA members Gabby Douglas and Rachel Gowey.
BALANCE BEAM MPSF CHAMPIONS (2017-present)
2018 - Alexis Brown (tied)
2017 - Katy Nogaki (tied)
BALANCE BEAM ALL-MPSF (2017-present)
2018 - Alexis Brown (1st team), Kelley Hebert (1st team), Aya Suzuki (1st team)
2017 - Alexis Brown (1st team), Rachel Kreager (2nd team), Yasmine Yektaparast (2nd team)
BALANCE BEAM NCAA QUALIFIERS (2017-present)
2017 - Yasmine Yektaparast