Becky Schaller, a native of Forest Hill who has coached at Harford Gymnastics Club for the last 12 years, has been named as the Assistant Gymnastics Coach at Towson University. The announcement came Tuesday by Towson Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk.
Schaller replaces Jim Hayes, who resigned.
"We are very excited to have Becky join our staff," said Coach Chliszczyk. "She assisted us last season as a volunteer coach and she did a great job. She made a lot of contributions despite her busy schedule and built a great rapport with our gymnasts. So, when we had an opening on our staff, Becky was a natural choice.
"Becky is a very knowledgeable coach who has done a tremendous job at Harford Gymnastics Club," she added. "She is well-respected in the gymnastics community. Having Becky on our staff will be an asset to the program."
The former Becky Robinson, Schaller was one of the top scholastics gymnasts in the state of Maryland while competing for Harford Gymnastics Club. A competitor at Harford from 1985 to 1995, she was the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) national all-around champion in 1992.
A two-time USA Gymnastics Level 10 national qualifier, she was the national champion on floor exercise in 1992. An Elite National Qualifier who won national championships on bars (1991) and beam (1993), she graduated from Fallston High School in 1995.
After graduating from Fallston, she attended Michigan State University on a full scholarship. A four-year standout for Coach Kathie Klages, she was an all-around performer who helped the Spartans to a 27-3 record and a second-place finish in the Big Ten Conference as a freshman.
As a sophomore, she was a member of a Spartans team that posted an 18-13 record and won the USA Gymnastics NIT championship. In her junior season, she contributed to the Spartans' 23-6 record.
During her career at Michigan State, she was one of the team's top vaulters and bars workers. She had a career high 9.90 on vault and a 9.85 on bars. She also had a career best 9.90 on beam for the Spartans. Her career high all-around score was 38.675.
She graduated from Michigan State in 1999, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. As a senior, she was a medical intern with USA Gymnastics Team Physician Dr. Larry Nassar.
During her collegiate career, she served as a counselor at the Michigan State Gymnastics Camp. She was also the optional coach at the Great Lakes Gymnastics Camp for a year.
Since graduating from Michigan State, she has been part of the staff at Harford Gymnastics Club. From 1999 to 2003, she was Assistant Optional Coach and Compulsory Coach.
In 2003, she was promoted to Head Optional Coach where she coached for Teresa (Arnold) DiMauro, a former Tiger gymnast and a member of the Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame.
During her years at Harford Gymnastics Club, she developed a network of contacts to assist gymnasts in making connections with college coaches. She also assisted in the recruiting process by educating gymnasts on NCAA guidelines. She also made them familiar with the NCAA Clearinghouse and Eligibility Center.
As the Tigers' volunteer assistant coach, Schaller aided the coaching staff in skill development and routine construction as well as the creation of practice plans. She also helped the Tiger coaches by analyzing videos of prospective student-athletes. She also helped Coach Chliszczyk establish relationships with regional coaches and developed computer programs to track practice and competitive success.
Coach Schaller resides in Forest Hill with her husband, Chris, a former lacrosse player at Michigan State and Penn State. He earned a degree in engineering from Penn State. They are the parents of two sons.