No. 5 LSU was set to host Arizona State on Friday, March 13 when their season came to a close. This was the final event before the SEC championship, something the Tigers had been anticipating.
Since the season was cancelled Co-Head Coach Jay Clark is optimistic to return to campus.
“The best thing for our student athletes is to get them back here,” Clark said. “If everyone is healthy when they get back, and they should be, we’re going to be in a good position.”
Clark has been doing his best to stay in touch and maintain relationships with gymnasts and coaches; he spends 4-5 hours a day on zoom meeting with them. Clark has even started a virtual cigar club with coaches to discuss creative ways to keep kids where they need to be.
He has the girls “using milk jugs and filling them with water and sand.” His goal is to have them “in gymnastics shape” for when they return. For the gymnast, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to home work outs because they use a specific type of equipment in the gym.
Clark is ready to return to campus this summer. “The best thing for student athletes is to get them back here,” he says.
Next season he feels as if the team will be “in a really good situation if everything holds.” Clark hopes to have 12-13 gymnasts on every event next season, and he even has “two walk-ons that are going to be contributors,” in addition to the new freshmen class.