Buckeyes begin 44th season of women's gymnastics
April 16-22, 2012
Bill Lorenz and Meredith Yonushonis garner Co-Assistant Coach of the Year honors
Buckeyes making first NCAA Championship appearance since 1990
April 2-8, 2012
Now entering her fifth season at Ohio State, Meredith Yonushonis has made her mark with the women's gymnastics program, helping the Buckeyes immensely on beam. A native of Dublin, Ohio, Yonushonis graduated from Penn State in 2006 where she was a gymnast from 2003-06.
Her 2012 beam lineup averaged 48.887 and had an RQS of 49.07 as Yonushonis garnered both Regional and National Assistant Coach of the Year honors along side Bill Lorenz. Yonushonis also was named 2011 Regional Coach of the Year as the Buckeyes advanced to NCAA Regionals.
A three-time co-captain for the Nittany Lions, Yonushonis earned All-Big Ten honors three times, including first-team laurels in 2005 and 2006. She graduated with a degree in communications from Penn State in 2006 and received her master's degree in education from Ohio State in 2010. Yonushonis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dublin Coffman High School in 2002.
"We are thrilled to have Meredith on our staff," said Fagan. "Beam was our most improved event by far in 2009 and Meredith works great with the girls in helping them mentally prepare for competition.
"She showed remarkable consistency as an athlete and she has added a great deal to our program."
Yonushonis trained at Midwest Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Dublin from 1991-2002 and was a three-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics national championships. She was a member of the Region 5 national champion squad in both 1999 and 2000 and brought that success to Penn State, where Yonushonis and the Nittany Lions went to the NCAA championships in 2005. That season, she competed in the all-around in every meet.
Yonushonis was named the Nittany Lions team MVP as a sophomore and junior and was honored with Penn State's Ann Carr Award in 2003, 2004 and 2006, given to the gymnast with the most inspirational performance at a home meet. In February of her senior season, she won the all-around against Ohio State in St. John Arena and notched a career-high score on balance beam with a 9.975.
A four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Yonushonis was named to the Parmi Nous Senior Honor Society and the Spiritus Leoninus Student-Athlete Honor Society as a senior.
Yonushonis, nee Hoover, married James Yonushonis in 2009. The couple has two children, Clare and James.