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René Lyst
Position: Head Coach

Arizona State (2014): 

  • Named head coach at Arizona State in May of 2014 following the retirement announcement of longtime head coach John Spini in January. 

Arkansas (2003-2014):

  • René Lyst, who served as the co-head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks for 13 years, was named head gymnastics coach at Arizona State. 

  • In her 13 years at Arkansas, the Razorbacks have qualified for 11 NCAA Regionals as a team, seven NCAA Championship appearances, five top-10 finishes, and two NCAA Super Six appearances.

  • Arkansas started its gymnastics program in 2003 with Lyst helping lead the Razorbacks coaching staff from the onset.

  • Since starting the program, Arkansas has received an NCAA bid every season from 2004 on. The Razorbacks jumped up the rankings in 2005 to 15th nationally and have since never finished outside the top-13.

  • During the 2014 season, Lyst guided Arkansas senior All-American Katherine Grable to the program’s first and second individual titles at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Grable scored the highest-winning vault score in NCAA Championship history with 9.975 and took home the individual floor title with a score of 9.962.

  • At Arkansas, Lyst worked as the primary beam coach but assisted on all four events. She has guided the Razorbacks to top-25 national beam rankings in the last eight-straight seasons.

  • Lyst, who earned her doctor of education (Ed.D.) from Arkansas in 2011, also holds a tangible track record of her commitment to academic excellence with her teams posting a 3.30 GPA or better in each season.

  • In 2010 the Razorbacks led the SEC with a 3.4369 GPA, which was 16th-best nationally.

  • Prior to Arkansas, Lyst served as an assistant coach at Stanford, from 1998-2001, where the Cardinal saw three NCAA Championship appearances and won two Pac-10 titles, including its first conference championship in 1998.

  • Prior to Arkansas, Lyst served as an assistant coach at Stanford, from 1998-2001, where the Cardinal saw three NCAA Championship appearances and won two Pac-10 titles, including its first conference championship in 1998.

  • She also served as assistant coach at her alma mater Penn State (1997) and at UMass (1994-96). 

Lyst by the Numbers at Arkansas:

  • 43 All-Americans
  • 11 NCAA Postseason Bids (2004-14)
  • 7 NCAA Championship Appearances (2006, 2008-13)
  • 5 Top-10 NCAA Finishes (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2 NCAA Individual Championships (2014)
  • 2 NCAA Super Six Appearances (2009, 2012)
  • 2 NCAA Regional Titles (2009, 2011)
  • 2 SEC Beam Champions
  • 2 SEC Athletes of the Year
  • 1 SEC Freshman of the Year
  • 1 SEC Co-Coach of the Year Honor (2008)
  • 1 NCAA South Central Regional Co-Coach of the Year Honor (2009)
  • 1 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 3.30+ Cumulative Team GPA 
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