Ball State's gymnastics team is set to open the 2014 season at Illinois State Saturday under the direction of first-year head coach Joanna Saleem.
Saleem is in her first year as the program's head coach after spending the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant at Ball State. Saleem, a 2004 graduate of Indiana who earned a master's degree at West Virginia in 2007, served as the Mountaineers' assistant gymnastics coach from 2002-08. She also served a stint as Iowa's assistant coach from 1999-2001 and was the head women's gymnastics coach at IU-Pennsylvania for the 1996-97 season.
Ball State tallied a 3-3 mark in the Mid-American Conference last season and will open the 2014 at Illinois State. The Cardinals will host Iowa Jan. 17 in their first home meet of the season.