MEET THE COACHING STAFF...
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Camp Director, Head Coach and Choreographer
Assistant Camp Director & Assistant Coach
Amy Smith was introduced as the fourth head coach in the history of Utah State gymnastics on July 17, 2017.
Smith joins the Aggies after spending the past five seasons at North Carolina. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2014. In all, Smith brings 16 years of coaching experience with her to Utah State.
During her time at North Carolina, Smith played an instrumental role in developing some of the Tar Heels’ top all-arounders in recent memory. Elizabeth Durkac was named the 2013 East Atlantic Gymnastics League co-Gymnast of the Year and Haley Watts was tabbed the 2015 EAGL Senior of the Year.
Smith capped her time at UNC by being tabbed the 2017 EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year, while Morgan Lane and Khazia Hislop were tabbed the conference’s Gymnast of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively.
Prior to North Carolina, Smith spent the 2011-12 season on the coaching staff at UCLA, where she began her coaching career in 1998 as an undergraduate assistant coach under the guidance of head coach Valorie Kondos Field.
From 2003-06, Smith was a volunteer assistant coach at Florida, where she became an established choreographer, specializing in floor exercise. During her time with the Gators, Smith choreographed routines for six All-Americans.
Furthermore, Smith served as Kentucky’s choreographer from 2003-05.
Smith was an assistant coach at Missouri from 2007-11 and helped guide the Tigers to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in 2010. As the team choreographer and balance beam coach, she helped Sarah Shire earn a runner-up finish on floor at the 2010 NCAA Championships and the 2009 Big 12 beam title. Additionally, Adrianne Perry won two consecutive Big 12 floor titles in 2008 and 2009 under Smith’s tutelage.
Upon her return to UCLA, Smith helped coach the Bruins to a third consecutive top-three finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
A 2001 UCLA graduate, Smith was the team’s co-captain in 1996 and 1997, leading the Bruins to a runner-up finish in 1996 and their first NCAA Championship in 1997. She earned first-team All-America honors on floor exercise in 1995 and 1997, and on vault in ’97. She was also the 1997 Pac-10 floor exercise and West Region vault champion, and the 1996 West Region floor champion.
Whitnee Johnson is in her first season as an assistant gymnastics coach at Utah State. She is the head vault coach for the Aggies and also assists on floor.
Johnson joins the Aggies after spending the previous two seasons at North Carolina, where she primarily worked with the team on vault and floor. Prior to the start of the 2017 campaign, Johnson was promoted from a volunteer assistant to an assistant coach.
Prior to joining the North Carolina staff, Johnson competed at Kent State from 2012-15. During her time with the Golden Flashes, she accumulated an impressive list of accolades, both in the gym and in the classroom.
Johnson was an integral part of Kent State’s regular season championships in the Mid-American Conference in 2013 and 2014. As a senior, Johnson served as a captain for the Golden Flashes, leading the team to a first-place finish in the conference championship meet.
In May of 2015, Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in exercise science. She earned academic all-MAC and scholastic All-America honors throughout her four years at Kent State. Additionally, Johnson received the Presidential Award in 2015 for sustaining a 4.0 GPA during her senior year.
Throughout her career with the Golden Flashes, Johnson notched career-high scores of 9.875 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.875 on beam, 9.850 on floor and 39.150 in the all-around.
Erik Lewis is in his first season as an assistant gymnastics coach at Utah State, helping direct the program’s efforts on bars.
Lewis comes to Utah State after spending the past year as the program director for Roswell Gymnastics in Roswell, Ga. Not only did Lewis coach level 5-10 men’s and women’s teams, and NCAA gymnasts, he also developed budgets and allocated funds, led recruiting efforts, and planned and directed meets hosted by Roswell Gymnastics.
During his time at Roswell Gymnastics, Lewis also oversaw a $266,000 athletic financial fund, created pre-team and team lesson plans, created and managed rotations for all events, supervised preschool and recreational classes, and managed enrollment for recreational programs.
Prior to working at Roswell Gymnastics, Lewis spent three years (2014-17) in a similar role as the program director at Armory Athletics in Montgomery, Ala. He was the head boys coach for 32 athletes between levels 7-10, as well as an NCAA recruiting director.
While at Armory Athletics, Lewis qualified 11 gymnasts to the Junior Olympic National Championships, where those athletes earned eight national medals.
Lewis is both a Junior Olympic and FIG certified judge. In those roles, he evaluates and scores routines, ensures rules and deductions are applied fairly, and ensures safety regulations are adhered to throughout competition.
Lewis graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. With that degree, he has done substantial course work in areas focusing on the human body, which has enabled Lewis to apply that knowledge to his athletes’ performance and longevity.