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PROVO, Utah – BYU’s women’s gymnastics head coach Guard Young announced the hiring of Natalie Broekman and Brogan Evanson as the new women’s assistant gymnastics coaches on Monday.
Broekman comes to BYU from Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Ariz. where she coached under the direction of Amanda Borden, an Olympic gold medalist. She also spent nine years working at Arizona Olympian Gymnastics prior to working with Borden.
“I am extremely excited for Natalie to join our coaching staff,” Young said. “She’s an All-American on the balance beam and will bring in expertise on that event to help the girls where I fall short."
From 1992-1994, Broekman was a part of the U.S. National Team and won the all-around titles at the Regional Elite Championship, the Winter Sun Invitational and the Cinco de Mayo tournament in 1993 and finished third in the U.S. Classic in all-around.
Broekman was a member of the BYU women’s gymnastics team from 1996-1999. She was recognized by the NACGC-W as an All-American on balance beam in 1996. At the NCAA Midwest Regionals in 1997, Broekman took second in bars with a 9.875.
Broekman has been a demonstrator for the United States Gymnastic Federation, the Federation of International Gymnastics and U.S. Synchronized Swimming. She has high scores of 9.875 on beam, 9.950 on floor, 9.850 on vault and 9.950 on bars. She also held the school all-around record of 39.475 from 1999-2000.
Joe and Lori Emig, Broekman’s parents, were BYU athletes in lacrosse and track and field. Broekman earned a bachelor’s degree in family science with a physical education coaching minor from BYU in 2000. She and her husband, David, have four children — Davis, Brady, Holland and Tate.
Brogan Evanson previously held the positions of gymnastics program director and head coach at Peak Athletics in Highlands Ranch, Colo. and assistant coach for the Southeast Missouri Redhawks gymnastics team. She was named Co-Midwest Independent Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
“Brogan really rounds out our coaching staff team,” Young said. “She brings in collegiate coaching experience from her years at SEMO (Southeast Missouri State), judging experience as a top-level judge from Colorado and an outstanding floor choreographer. As a former player at BYU, Brogan really gets the whole BYU experience and understands what it truly means to be a Cougar.”
From 2001-2004, Evanson was a member of the BYU women’s gymnastics team. She was ranked No. 14 nationally on the uneven bars and scored a 9.976 on the bars against Utah to set a new school record. In 2003, Evanson recorded a perfect 10.000 on the floor exercise. She was awarded the BYU Scholar-Athlete award for four straight years, the Cougar Club Female Crowd Pleaser Award and Amberly Rupp Circle of Honor Award. Evanson was also a part of the 2000 Region I Junior Olympic National Team.
Evanson graduated from BYU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Southeast Missouri State in 2007. She and her husband, Troy, have three children – Rigden, Tegan and L. Jaclyn.