SEATTLE – Women’s gymnastics head coach Joanne Bowers today announced that longtime assistant David McCreary had been promoted to Associate Head Coach. McCreary has been with Bowers since she took over the Washington program back in 2006, and has earned a West Region co-Assistant Coach of the Year honor during his tenure.
“David has been with me the past seven years and has been a huge part of our success,” said Bowers. “We are moving our program to higher level and I think it is important to show this support to David as his loyalty to the University of Washington and myself has been greatly appreciated. David wants to better our sport and himself and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. I am proud to call David McCreary my Associate Head Coach.”
McCreary manages Washington’s recruiting efforts and is also the lead coach on uneven bars, a big strength for the team during his time at UW. He also assists with vaulting and tumbling. Four Huskies have been named to the All-Pac-12 Team on bars during McCreary’s time here: Ruby Engreitz and Samantha Walior in 2011, and Raimey Iselin and Nikki Waiss in 2008. Hatsune Akaogi (2009) and Lauren Rogers (2013) were also named All-Pac-12 in the all-around.
“David has done a fantastic job in evaluating talent. His background as an Elite coach and club owner on the West Coast have really helped our recruiting efforts,” Bowers said. “We have commitments from some very high level gymnasts and feel our program is stronger than ever.”
An Illinois State alumni recently married to wife Laura, McCreary said that "Being part of Joanne's staff for the past seven years and coaching at the University of Washington has been one of the best experiences of my career. I am one of the fortunate few who looks forward to coming to work every day. What can I say? I love it here! The promotion is a tremendous honor and I will do my best to be deserving!"
Rounding out the gymnastics staff is assistant coach Elise Ray, heading into her third year, and new volunteer assistant coach Meg Whitney, who just wrapped up her Husky career this past spring.