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  Jeff Graba
Jeff Graba

Player Profile
Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
5th Year

COACHING SYNOPSIS
Year at Utah: 5th
2006-present: Utah
2004-05: Utah State
1995-03: Midwest Gymnastics
1992-98: Hamline University
1988-95: Flips Gymnastics

EDUCATION
Minnesota, 1992
Bachelor's Degree
(Economics)

HIGHLIGHTS
Region Assistant Coach of the Year: 2009
NCAA Individual Champion: 1

PERSONAL
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Birth Date: Dec. 26, 1968

FAMILY
Married: Bridget
Children: Bryan, Jaymie, Jason, Kyla and Shayla.

Since Jeff Graba's arrival in 2006, the Utah gymnastics team has enjoyed its most successful run since the mid-1990s. In his first four years as an assistant coach, the Utes finished as the NCAA runner-up three times and placed third once.

He has figured prominently in Utah's resurgence--coaching the bars, collaborating on the floor routines and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

The 2009 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Graba (pronounced gray-ba) has an NCAA champion and 16 All-America performances to his credit.

In his first trip to the NCAA Championships in 2006, he coached then-freshman Kristina Baskett to Utah's first NCAA uneven bar title in seven years. He has seen a total of nine gymnasts qualify for bar finals at the NCAA Championships and his bar workers have produced five top-five finishes.

In 2006, 2007 and 2009, Utah received the highest bar score in the preliminary session of team competition at the NCAA Championships, and in 2006, the Utes also posted the best bar score in the Super Six.

He came to Utah after a two-year assistantship at Utah State. In his final season in Logan, Graba helped coach the 2005 Aggies to their first Western Gymnastics Conference championship and their first regional appearance in three years. In addition to coaching, he served as the lead recruiter and assisted with the strength and conditioning program.

From 1995-2003, Graba was the co-owner and head coach of Midwest Gymnastics Club in Arden Hills, Minn. Three of his gymnasts qualified Elite in his last three years with the club. Graba coached Ashley Mutchler to a first-place finish at both the 2003 American and U.S. Challenge/Classic meets in the Senior National Elite Division. Many of his club gymnasts qualified for the Level 9 and 10 Junior Olympic National Championships, as well.

His collegiate experience previous to his USU tenure was as an assistant women's gymnastics coach at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., from 1992-98. Highlights there included six straight trips to the Division III national championships and a runner-up finish in 1996. Eleven of his gymnasts combined to win 26 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-America citations. He also coached more than 20 scholastic All-Americans.

During part of his term at Hamline, Graba was also coaching at Flips Gymnastics Center (1988-95) in Minneapolis. There, he coached Level 10 gymnast Sarah Reiling-Hildebrand, who made the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Teams.

From 1988-91, he also coached at both North St. Paul High School (1988-92) and White Bear Lake High School (1990-91). He was the head coach at North St. Paul High from 1991-92.

The Minneapolis native graduated from Minnesota in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He and his wife Bridget, who works in the Utah men's basketball office, have five children: Bryan, Jaymie, Jason, Kyla and Shayla. Jaymie is the Utah gymnastics team manager.

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