One of the best LSU Tiger gymnasts of all time is now a Nittany Lion.

Former LSU All-American Ashleigh Gnat has been named as an assistant coach at Penn State, that school announced Friday.

“I am so humbled and honored to join Penn State and what Sarah (Brown) is building,” Gnat said in a statement from LSU. “I also can’t thank D-D, Jay, Bob, Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, Katie Copeland and the entire village at LSU for their support. I am so proud of what I’ve been able to do in Baton Rouge, but I am really looking forward to my next chapter in State College.”

Gnat, 24, finished her LSU eligibility in 2017 then served in 2018 as a student assistant coach. In 2019 she was part of the LSU staff as a team manager.

The Lake Mary, Florida, native was one of the most decorated gymnasts in LSU history.

A 17-time All-American, Gnat won the 2017 AAI Award given to the nation’s top senior gymnast as well as the 2017 NCAA floor exercise title. She tied the school record with nine career perfect 10s and won a total of 62 individual titles.

Penn State finished fifth in the Big Ten last season and took part in an NCAA regional in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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