NITTANY LION COACHING STAFF
Fifth Season Assistant Coach
Second Season Assistant Coach
VAZQUEZ Temple ‘84 Vazquez enters his fifth year as a Nittany Lion assistant coach. Prior to joining the squad Vazquez spent the last 20 years as the head coach of the men’s program at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Burke, Va. Additionally, he has served as a U.S. Junior National Team coach since 1992, including serving as an assistant coach for the Junior Pan American Championships in Sao Palo, Brazil in 1992. Among the gymnasts under Vazquez’s tutelage are 2008 Olympian Justin Spring, U.S. National Team members Jay Nardelli, Jason Furr, Dan Gill, Tim McNeal and Abhinov Ramani. Vazquez has been a member of USA Gymnastics Pro since 1985. Vazquez was a four-time letterwinner at Temple and served as the team captain from 1982-84. He graduated from Temple with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
BECK Penn State, ‘13 Beck is in his second season as an assistant coach for Penn State men’s gymnastics after serving as the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. As a volunteer assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, Beck helped with the daily practices and competition, while working closely with on-campus recruiting. In his final season as the volunteer assistant coach, Beck played a vital role in the Blue and White’s third Big Ten Championship and a thirdplace finish at the NCAA Championships. Following his graduation from Penn State, Beck started the first men’s gymnastics program at Centre Elite Gymnastics where he produced numerous regional and state champions. For his efforts, he was named the 2015 Pennsylvania Coach of the Year. The Eastern Pennsylvania native has also served as a judge from the Junior National level to the collegiate level and was an instructor at the International Gymnastics Camp where he coached weekly camps focusing on technique and skill development. As a student-athlete for the Blue and White, Beck earned a fourth-place finish on the parallel bars at the 2010 Big Ten Championships and a ninthplace finish on the pommel horse at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Beck also helped the team to two third-place finishes in the Big Ten Championships in 2010 and 2012 before the Nittany Lions placed second in his senior campaign. In 2013, Penn State went on to place fourth at the NCAA Championships with Beck placing sixth on the high bar. Beck attended Northampton High School and competed for the Lehigh Valley Sports Academy. Competing at the Visa Championships at the junior level, Beck placed sixth on the floor exercise and 11th in the all-around competition, while earning the 2008 Pennsylvania Most Outstanding Senior Award. A native of Northampton, Pa., Beck graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks, and tourism management and was on the dean’s list as well as a 2013 CGA Academic All-American.
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Published on Jan 9, 2017