After four years as a team member on the Ohio State women's gymnastics team, Hillary Dow will continue to be on the squad as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Carey Fagan announced this fall.
"Hillary brings a fresh perspective and great competitive experience to the staff this season. As a former team captain, Hillary has developed her leadership skills and will be a great mentor for our student-athletes. We are fortunate to have someone of Hillary's caliber join the staff this season"
Dow, a student-athlete from 2007-10, was the first solo-captain as a senior under Fagan after serving as a co-captain as a junior. She was one of the Buckeyes' top all-arounders and floor performers during her career.
A 2010 second-team All-Big Ten honoree, Dow led the Buckeyes to big wins against nationally-ranked opponents last season, including No. 14 Penn State and No. 17 Auburn. Against the Nittany Lions Feb. 27, Dow performed two team-best scores on uneven bars and beam to help Ohio State to the upset vs. its Big Ten rival. Battling an injury vs. the Tigers March 13 during her senior meet, Dow scored a team-best 9.8 on uneven bars to lead the Buckeyes to the win in her final home meet in the Scarlet and gray.
Dow was recognized for multiple awards inside the classroom as well. She earned two major scholastic honors, including the Leann Grimes-Davidge award and was one four graduating student-athletes to receive the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award.
The Yorktown, Va., native was recognized with the Big Ten Most Outstanding Sportsmanship Award after being the vocal senior captain that kept the team's spirit up through the tough early-season meets in 2010.
In high school, she won the all-around and vault at the 2005 Virginia State Championships and placed second on bars and floor. Dow also placed 12th in the all-around at the Junior National Championships.
Dow graduated this summer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science of education with a minor in human development and family science. She has also been a counselor and coach at the Woodward Gymnastics Camp, one of the largest and most popular camps in the country during the summer of 2007.