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Meet Head Coach Cheryl Raymond

Head Coach Cheryl Raymond Cheryl Raymond, who will be entering her 34th year as women's gymnastics coach and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College in 2013-14, is one of the top college coaches in the region.

During the 2013 season Springfield finished fourth at the ECAC Championships, and sent a record 10 gymnasts to compete at the 2013 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships. Both Brittany Baglow and Abby Clark earned All-America recognition in the All-Around, while Baglow went on to garner additional All-America honors on both the vault and balance beam.

After finishing fifth at the ECAC Championships, Springfield sent seven individuals to compete at the 2012 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships. Carly Flynn had the Pride's top finish, tying for third on the vault, as she was named All-America.

Raymond guided five athletes to the NCGA Championships in 2011, including Brittany Baglow, who went on to earn All-America accolades on the balance beam.

The 2010 season was highlighted by Springfield serving as host for the NCGA Division III National Championships. Springfield finished third at the ECAC's to receive an automatic berth into the national event, where it placed fifth as team. Individually, Christina Pagella was the national runner-up on the vault, while Audrey Lastra tied for third on the balance beam as they both earned First Team All-American honors. Ericca Castagna also took sixth on the vault as she earned All-America accolades for the second-straight season.

In 2009, Castagna became a Second Team All-American in the vault at the NCGA Division III National Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springfield had sent four individuals to the NCGA's. As a team, Springfield placed fifth in the ECAC's.

In 2008, three of her gymnasts became Second Team All-Americans at the NCGA Division III National Championships at Cortland. They included Jackie Mazzola and Brittany Davis in the vault, and Jeanna Bradle in the uneven parallel bars. Springfield had sent nine individuals to the NCGA's. As a team, the Pride finished fourth at the ECAC's, which it hosted.

In 2007, three SC gymnasts earned All-American honors at the NCGA's. One, sophomore Audrey Lastra, earned three All-American honors, and set the school record for the all-around (38.25). The team won six straight meets in the middle of the season, finished with an 8-2 record, and placed fourth at the ECAC Division III Championships.

During the 2006 season, SC posted wins against MIT, SUNY Cortland and Brockport. The Pride finished fifth at the ECAC Division III Championships and qualified five gymnasts to compete at the NCGA's.

During the 2005 season, the Pride recorded wins against MIT and Brockport. The Pride finished fifth at the ECAC Division III Championships, and qualified five gymnasts to compete at the NCGA's.

The 2004 campaign included a thrilling season-opening victory over Division I Yale, and wins over top D-III programs in Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Cortland, and Ithaca. The Pride's 8-10 overall mark was somewhat deceiving as four of the losses were to D-I or D-II programs.

In 2002, the Pride capped a strong season by finishing sixth at the NCGA's. Springfield, which hosted the 2000 national championship, also placed third in 1997 and 2000, fifth in 1998 and sixth in 1999.

Springfield captured the ECAC crown in 1999. The Pride also won the ECAC title in 1993, and finished eighth at the 1992 USGF National Collegiate Championship and sixth in 1993. In 1982, Raymond’s squad captured the NCAA Regional Tournament crown and placed fifth at the NCAA Division II Championship.

Raymond has served as the meet director for several national meets, including the 2000 NCGA Championship. She was the co-director of the 1988, 1992, and 1993 USGF National Collegiate Championships at Blake Arena, and was the meet director for the 1988, 1991, 1995 and 1999 ECAC Division II Championships. Raymond also served as co-director of the 1982 Northeast Regional and NCAA Championships, and was the meet director for both the 1984 and 1985 nationals.

Raymond is currently a member of the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Women’s Technical Committee after spending six years as the Division III representative to the NCAA. She also spent six years as the Division II representative on the first NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee. Raymond stepped down as chairperson of the USA National Collegiate Gymnastics Rules Committee after eight years in 1996.

In 1991 Raymond was honored as an original member of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee at the organization's Tenth Anniversary of Women's Athletics banquet. She is also the former chairperson of the ECAC Women's Gymnastics Committee.

A 1974 graduate of Bethany College (W. Va.), Raymond is co-director of Springfield College’s popular gymnastics exhibition, which annually attracts more than 3,000 spectators during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend.

Raymond's All-Time Coaching Record at Springfield College

Season Win Loss Post-season finish School
1981 6 5 Springfield
1982 2 6 1st, NCAA Regional 5th, NCAA Champ. Springfield
1983 5 8 Springfield
1984 9 7 Springfield
1985 9 6 Springfield
1986 7 5 Springfield
1987 9 3 Springfield
1988 6 6 Springfield
1989 5 6 Springfield
1990 5 9 Springfield
1991 5 9 Springfield
1992 6 7 8th, USFG Springfield
1993 7 5 1st, ECAC 6th, USFG Springfield
1994 11 4 Springfield
1995 7 5 Springfield
1996 8 7 1st, NCGA Springfield
1997 5 8 3rd, NCGA Springfield
1998 6 8 5th, NCGA Springfield
1999 4 6 6th, NCGA Springfield
2000 8 6 3rd, NCGA Springfield
2001 4 8 Springfield
2002 2 11 6th, NCGA Springfield
2003 1 10 Springfield
2004 8 10 Springfield
2005 4 10 Springfield
2006 5 5 Springfield
2007 8 2 Springfield
2008 6 9 Springfield
2009 3 10 Springfield
2010 4 9 5th, NCGA Springfield
2011 1 10 Springfield
2012 4 14 Springfield
2013 6 9 Springfield
33 seasons 183 238 .435 winning percentage


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