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Jessica Bartgis, or "JB" as she is known by everyone, begins her third year on Coach Yohman's staff as an assistant coach with a focus on the vault and floor. Bartgis cuts the music for the floor exercise routines and teams with fellow assistant coach Michael Rowe in choreographing those routines, giving the team a wide variety of dance styles. She also shares recruiting responsibilities and played a pivotal role in this year's incoming freshmen class. An accomplished collegiate gymnast, Bartgis utilizes a background in strength and conditioning to aid and develop the girls' in-gym conditioning and leads the teams' spinning work-outs.
"We are, without a doubt, very fortunate to have someone of JB's caliber on our staff," commented head coach Debbie Yohman. "She's young, enthusiastic, incredibly dedicated and has a high level of knowledge about the sport. She does it all; she can coach on any event, spot, choreograph, judge and recruit. I have a tremendous amount of trust in her coaching and her decision making - and more importantly so do all of our athletes.
"She and Mike are very aggressively staying on top of recruiting and we are realizing the dividends," continued Yohman. "Plus, there is a lot of information sharing going on in the office because we have such varied backgrounds. It's a great mix!"
During the 2008 campaign, Bartgis helped guide two Panther gymnasts to All-EAGL accolades. After carrying a season average of 9.687 on the floor, Molly Moyer was selected to the second team and was one of two individual regional qualifiers for Pitt. Junior co-captain Dani Bryan was a second team selection on the vault, averaging a 9.694 before being sidelined late in the year.
In 2007, Bartgis and Rowe were honored asthe 2007 Northeast Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year. She was also responsible for guiding freshman Dani Bryan to an All-EAGL first team honor and EAGL title on the vault in 2007. Under Bartgis' tutelage, Bryan won the vault competition on three separate occasions during the regular season and earned the EAGL Specialist of the Week plaudit on March 6.
Before coming to Pitt, Bartgis served as a volunteer assistant coach with the West Virginia gymnastics team during the 2005-06 season. She helped guide the Mountaineers to a third-place finish at the EAGL Championships and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. Bartgis has also spent time coaching in area clubs including Westmoreland Gymnastics in Greensburg and Aerial Port Gymnastics in Fairmont, W.Va. In addition to her duties with the Panthers, Bartgis worked with area gymnasts at the Gymkhana Gymnastics Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. and the Carpelz Creative Arts and Dance Center in Carrick, Pa.
As a gymnast at West Virginia, Bartgis had an outstanding senior season and currently ranks third in school history for the highest all-around score with a 39.625. She was a First Team All-EAGL selection in the all-around and uneven bars in 2005 and a Second Team selection in the all-around and vault in 2004.
A strong vaulter, Bartgis tied for the 2004 EAGL title on the event with teammate Janae Cox and Pitt gymnast Alysse Zeffiro. She is currently the last gymnast at WVU to achieve perfection with a 10.0 vault against Cornell in 2004. Bartgis was additionally a three-time EAGL All-Academic and earned NACGC/W All-Academic honors in her final season.
Originally from Frederick, Md., Bartgis was an international elite gymnast at MarVaTeens Gymnastics Club. She earned a B.S. in physical education with an emphasis in athletic coaching education 2005 in from West Virginia and completed her Master's from her alma mater in the same concentration in 2007. She is also a USAG Level 9 Rated Judge and frequently judges local club gymnastics meets.
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