William (Bill) Lorenz is entering his 10th season as an assistant gymnastics coach for the Buckeyes. Lorenz joined head coach Carey Fagan in Columbus for the 2004-05 season after spending two years as an assistant at Penn State.
"We transitioned Bill to be the primary coach on the vault and floor," Fagan said. "This change proved to be a great move for the program. Having the consistency of a coach on both of the 'power' events, vault and floor, has really helped these two events improve."
Lorenz coaches floor and vault for the Buckeyes. Under his direction, the squad has improved its difficulty on vault and its consistency. In the last five seasons, the average team score on vault has risen from 48.7 to 49.12 finishing ranked 12th nationally on the event in 2012. On floor, the Buckeyes have increased their average score from a 48.83 to a 49.09 with a final national rank of 10th in the country in 2012.
Coach Lorenz was voted the 2011 and 2012 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, as well as the 2012 National Assistant Coach of the Year. He has coached three student-athletes to All-America honors on his events.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lorenz competed for the gymnastics squad.
Lorenz began his coaching career at the University of Maryland for the 2000 and 2001 seasons then served as assistant coach at George Washington University before taking the Penn State position. Lorenz also served as head coach of the Chantilly Gymnastics in Chantilly, Va. and was the director of Nassau Gymnastics in the Bahamas.
He and his wife, Andréa, reside in Blacklick, Ohio, with their daughters Madeline and Courtney.