Jeffrey Langenstein is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Lindenwood gymnastics team in 2018.
In his first season at Lindenwood, Langenstein was a part of a program that won its third straight MIC Championship and finished third at the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships. He specialized on the team’s vault and floor routines throughout the year, and helped the team have the highest RQS score in program history on the vault, and the second-highest on the floor.
Langenstein helped two gymnasts earn all-MIC on the vault and one earned all-MIC on the floor. Three gymnastics earned USA Gymnastics All-American honors on the vault, and five earned that honor on the floor. He also helped Kierstin Sokolowski advanced to the NCAA Regionals on the vault.
Langenstein comes to Lindenwood after coaching two seasons at the University of the California. In 2016, he led the Golden Bears to their highest finish in team history when they advanced to the NCAA National Championships and finished seventh. He assisted with the team’s vault, bars, and floor exercises. The team’s vault finished ninth nationally, and the floor was 11th. California set a program record with a score of 197.500 during the season.
In his first season at California, the Golden Bears finished 18th in the nation. He assisted primarily with the vault and floor that season, and both units finished in the top-20 nationally. California set a team record with a regional score of 196.000.
Among the gymnasts he coached at California was Toni-Ann Williams, a 2016 Olympian for Jamaica. Williams was the 2015 and 2016 West Region Gymnasts of the Year, and a 2016 Pac-12 floor champion.
Langenstein has also helped coach at Head Over Heels Athletic Arts in Emeryville, Calif. He assisted numerous athletes to state, regional, and national titles, and worked with many top commits to Pac-12 programs.
Langenstein was a member of the California men’s team from 2010-2014. He specialized on the floor, still rings, vault, and parallel bars. He helped the team to four NCAA National Championship appearances, and the program finished fourth in 2011 and 2012. Langenstein qualified individually for the NCAA semifinals multiple times on the floor and vault.
Langenstein graduated from California with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Ashley Lawson joins Jen Llewellyn’s coaching staff for the first year for the 2018 season.
Lawson was previously a member of the Southeast Missouri State University women’s gymnastics coaching for one year. As an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri, Lawson was the head balance beam coach that helped coach three gymnasts to qualify for the 2010 NCAA Regionals. Also while acting as the head balance beam coach, Lawson turned SEMO’s weakest event into its second-best event in just six months.
Prior to her time at Southeast Missouri, Lawson was a gymnastics coach for three years at Suncoast Gymnastics Academy out of New Port Richey, Florida and three years at Southern Starz Gymnastics out of Cape Coral, Florida. Her time at Suncoast was spent coaching levels 5-9 on all events and teaching beginner gymnastics to children ages 3-7. At Southern Starz, Lawson coached levels 4-10 on all events as well as coordinated strength and conditioning exercises for the gymnasts.
From 2001-2004, Lawson competed on the Redhawks gymnastics squad at Southeast Missouri. She holds the school record in four of the five individual event titles. She holds the bars (9.925), beam (9.975), floor (10.000), and all-around (39.550) records. She is one of just three gymnasts in school history to record a perfect ten in an individual event.
During her time at Southeast Missouri as a gymnast, she earned the team’s Most Valuable Gymnast all four seasons, and was named the Southeast Missouri State University Female Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Lawson graduated in 2005 from Southeast Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She and her husband, David, have two sons, Chase and Bryce.