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.
Erik Lewis is in his second season as an assistant gymnastics coach at Utah State. He is the head bars coach for the Aggies and will also assist on floor during the 2019-20 season.
In 2019, Lewis helped coach two gymnasts that qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in senior Madison Ward-Sessions (all-around, floor) and junior MaKayla Bullitt (bars). Ward-Sessions placed 13th in the all-around (38.425).
Lewis also coached sophomore Leighton Varnadore, who garnered second-team all-Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference honors in the all-around, as did Ward-Sessions. Bullitt tied for third on the team with a pair of event titles – both on bars – and her Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.845 tied for 93rd nationally.
The Aggies averaged 48.885 on bars in 2019, which ranks third all-time in school history. Ward-Sessions averaged 9.792 on the event, which is fifth all-time in single-season school history.
Lewis came to Utah State after spending the previous 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 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. While there, he was in charge of roughly 32 optional level athletes. Lewis qualified 11 gymnasts to the Junior Olympic National Championships, where those athletes earned eight national medals.
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.
Amanda Wellick is in her first season as an assistant coach at Utah State after serving as a graduate assistant/manager during the 2018-19 campaign at her alma mater, Arkansas. She is the primary coach on vault and co-coach on bars.
Wellick was a standout gymnast at Arkansas. She ended her stellar career by leading the Razorbacks to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships as a senior in 2018. Wellick recorded a 39.400 in the all-around and a 9.8875 on bars to garner second-team All-American honors – two of five All-American citations she received during her time with the Gymbacks.
The native of Wheaton, Ill., was making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships with the team in 2018, as she qualified as an individual all-arounder in 2014 and 2016. Wellick was the first Arkansas freshman all-arounder to ever make the NCAA Championships.
Wellick earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2014, becoming the first Gymback to ever be named as such. She also earned all-SEC accolades a total of five times (twice on vault and once each on bars, floor and in the all-around).
In 2017, Wellick was one of six Arkansas student-athletes to be named a Red Tie Honoree, which recognizes outstanding community service and academic achievements. That same year, she received the Samantha Cortez Leadership Award. She also received Arkansas gymnastics' Most Outstanding Award in 2015 and 2016.
While at Arkansas, Wellick, who ended her career with 33 total titles, competed against Utah State during the 2016 season and led the 11th-ranked Razorbacks to a 196.775-194.825 victory over the Aggies. Wellick tied for first on vault (9.825), tied for fourth on bars (9.800), captured the beam title (9.900), tied for fourth on floor (9.825) and won the all-around (39.350).
Prior to Arkansas, Wellick competed for Legacy Elite Gymnastics (Carol Stream, Ill.), where she also coached in the summer of 2018. Legacy Elite was ranked the No. 1 club gym in 2018. Wellick has also been working at Hopes and Dreams (Springdale, Ark.), which had two Junior Olympic National qualifiers and an elite gymnast.
In the classroom, Wellick was a three-time academic All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. She graduated from Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in business administration (marketing) in 2017, then earned her master's degree in recreation and sport management in 2019.