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Chris Bogantes has been named the first fulltime assistant gymnastics coach in Ball State history and will work under the guidance of head coach Nadalie Walsh.

"We are very excited to be able to hire a fulltime assistant coach," Walsh says.  "It shows a great commitment on behalf of Ball State to advance our program forward.  We are in the process of upgrading our practice facility, and that will also be a great addition to the program.  We are looking forward to Chris being a very valuable member of the Ball State gymnastics family."

Bogantes spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Texas Woman's University and served as a coach at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Illinois in 2011-12.  At Texas Woman's, Bogantes coached the vault plus assistant on bars and floor.  He also coached the vault and bars at Legacy for Level 8-10 gymnasts, while assisting with the elite gymnasts on the bars, vault and floor.

"I am very excited to be joining the Ball State gymnastics staff," Bogantes says.  "Coach Walsh and I have very similar coaching styles and I think that will help us achieve the goals we have set for this program."

From 2008-10, Bogantes was the team manager and club team head coach at Louisiana State, while earning his bachelor's degree from LSU in 2009.  Bogantes was a member of the LSU Cheer Squad in 2007 and 2008 when they placed fourth in the nation plus served as a stunt and tumbling coach for varsity cheerleaders at LSU and Alabama.

He was an assistant coach at Elite Gymnastics in Baton Rouge, La., from 2006-08, and worked college and club camps from 2008-11.  Bogantes has worked with three USA National Team members, 2012 USA Olympic team Alternate Anna Li and 2012 Pan Am Games Gold Medal team member Bridget Caquatto.



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