Aug. 6, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
University of Alabama head gymnastics coach Dana Duckworth
announced the hiring of Bill Lorenz
as an assistant coach on Wednesday.
"We are extremely pleased to have Bill join the Alabama gymnastics family," Duckworth said. "We talked to people all over the country in preparing to make this hire and time and again, it came back to Bill. He is a tremendous coach, but more than anything, he understands the tradition of excellence that Alabama's championship legacy is built on. Most importantly, his coaching style is built on the sense of family that has made Alabama gymnastics so great for so many years.
"He is the perfect fit for our program," Duckworth said.
Lorenz comes to Alabama after spending a decade at Ohio State, where he was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He currently serves as chair of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches competition committee.
"I feel privileged to be able to work alongside two of the best gymnastics coaches in the business in Dana Duckworth and Bryan Raschilla," Lorenz said. "I always knew there was something special about Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama, but after seeing it firsthand, their tradition of excellence is unparalleled in college athletics, and I can't wait to be part of this amazing University and athletic department."
During his tenure in Columbus, he helped lead the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Championship appearance in 22 years in 2012. Prior to joining Ohio State prior to the 2005 season, Lorenz spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State. He started his collegiate coaching career with a year each at Maryland and George Washington.
Lorenz earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Massachusetts, where he competed as part of the Minutemen's gymnastics team. He is married to the former Andrea Scialdo. The couple has two daughters, Madeline and Courtney.