First-year head coach Tabitha Yim returned to her alma mater in 2018 and presided over one of the most memorable seasons in program history.
Elizabeth Price became the first winner of the prestigious AAI Award presented to the top female gymnast in the country. She established herself as the most accomplished in team history by tying for first on bars at the NCAA Championships in St, Louis, Missouri -- her second national title -- and received a rare standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.
Price scored a 10 at the NCAA's, her fourth of the season and the fifth of her career, the latter setting a Cardinal record. She tallied 39.675 in all-around, the highest total ever recorded by Stanford women's gymnast in the national championships. Price departed as a 19-time All-American and was named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year for the second time, previously winning in 2016.
Yim took over in the summer of 2017 after guiding the University of Arizona program the previous two seasons. Her young but talented Cardinal squad featured seven freshmen and four -- Kyla Bryant, Rachael Flam, Taylor Lawson and Lauren Navarro -- competed in every meet. Bryant and Flam earned Pac-12 Newcomer of the Week honors.
Competing against top national competition and performing highly-technical and difficult routines, Stanford won the UC Davis Quad Meet and finished second at the Podium Meet in Augusta, Georgia, against Nebraska, Illinois and Georgia.
Juniors Taryn Fitzgerald and Nicole Hoffman were recognized as WCGA Scholastic All-Americans. Four Cardinal student-athletes received All-Pac-12 academic honors.
A Stanford assistant coach from 2010-15 and student-athlete from 2005-08, Yim was a 14 All-American. She placed among the top 10 in the NCAA all-around competition all four years and twice won the Pac-10 and NCAA regional all-around titles. In addition, Yim was selected the Pac-10 and Regional Gymnast of the Year, and Pac-10 All-Academic first team during her senior year.
Versatility was her trademark. Yim won two regional titles and one Pac-10 crown on the balance beam, was a two-time regional uneven bars champion, and twice placed third in the floor exercise at the NCAA Championships.
A native of Irvine, California, Yim competed for the U.S. national team that finished third at the World Championships in 2001, the same year she won the floor exercise at the U.S. Championships. Yim also claimed a U.S. title on the beam in 2002 and finished fourth in the all-around at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
A 2008 Stanford graduate with a degree in biology, she spent two years teaching prior to entering the coaching profession. Yim taught sixth grade in Charlestown, Massachusetts, as part of the Citizen Schools program and spent the next year teaching ninth grade in Los Angeles as part of Teach for America.
Yim returned to The Farm in 2010 and coached gymnasts in all four events, specializing in beam and floor as a choreographer. She led the Cardinal recruiting efforts and played an integral role in the team’s social media efforts. Yim helped lead Stanford to its two highest scores in NCAA competition at the 2012 Super Six (197.500) and 2015 Super Six (197.250).
At Arizona, Yim led the Wildcats to top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of her two years.
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT