One of the most decorated gymnasts in Arkansas history, Casey Jo Magee joined Dave Kuzara’s coaching staff at Western Michigan as an assistant in Dec. 2011. Magee competed collegiately at Arkansas, where Kuzara was an assistant on the Razorback staff from 2007-09. Currently a senior international elite gymnast, Magee will continue her own training while in Kalamazoo with hopes of earning a spot on the U.S. National Team.
Magee totaled eight All-American nods at Arkansas, including four as a first-teamer as a senior in 2010 on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. She recorded the highest finish ever by a Razorback at the NCAA Championships, placing second in the nation in the all-around with a 39.550, while recording top five finishes on the beam and bars. Magee won the individual title on the beam in the NCAA West Regional and was a semifinal winner on bars, beam and in the all-around.
Magee earned Second Team All-American status on vault and floor as a junior and on vault and bars as a sophomore. She also won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship on the beam, and NCAA South Central Regional titles on beam and floor, finishing second in the all-around, as a junior.
Over her career, Magee won 71 individual event titles, and led Arkansas to a fifth-place national finish in 2009 and a No. 11 finish in 2010. She holds the school record with a 39.675 in the all-around, and is tied for the school record on beam and floor with a 9.95 in each. A two-time First Team All-SEC and four-time Academic All-SEC honoree, she twice was named the team’s Most Outstanding Gymnast.
Following her collegiate career, Magee was a student-assistant on the Razorback coaching staff in 2011, helping Arkansas to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Magee also entered senior international elite status, having qualified and competed at the American Classic, U.S. Covergirl Classic and Visa Championships. The Visa Championships is the premier annual championships for USA Gymnastics and helps determine the U.S. National Team roster. Members of the National Team then compete for spots on the Olympic Team headed to London in 2012. Magee will again train for the Visa Championships, to be held in St. Louis in June 2012, as an all-arounder.
A native of Eugene, Ore., Magee earned a degree in kinesiology from Arkansas in 2011.