Jay Ronayne is in his 10th year as head gymnastics coach at Iowa State University. Ronayne has seen his Cyclones succeed both in the gym and in the classroom, while witnessing record attendance figures during his tenure. In his nine years at Iowa State, the Worcester, Mass., native has coached multiple All-Americans, two Big 12 Gymnasts of the Year, a Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year, a pair of Big 12 Newcomer-of-the-Year recipients and guided gymnasts six times to the NCAA National Championships in the all-around. Ronayne’s Cyclones have qualified to an NCAA Regional every year and come within a tiebreaker of advancing to the NCAA Championships. He has also seen his squads come within 0.1 of a point from being Big 12 champions, and Ronayne has coached seven Big 12 individual champions.
During his tenure in Ames, Ronayne has seen record crowds come to watch his Cyclones inside Hilton Coliseum. The top four attended meets in Iowa State history, including a record crowd of 7,732 against Oklahoma on Feb. 8, 2013, have come under Ronayne’s watch. Iowa State consistently ranks among the nation’s best in attendance numbers, as the Cyclones have finished the season in the top 25 in national attendance for 13-straight years.
2015 was highlighted by a star senior and a bright future. Senior Caitlin Brown qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual for the second-straight year, making it five times in the last six years Ronayne has had an individual qualify for the NCAA Championships. Brown’s senior year had many highs, tying a school record on balance beam, regular and postseason All-America honors on beam and a Big 12 championship on uneven bars, the apparatus coached by Ronayne.
ISU’s future is bright as a talented freshman class was welcomed into the program in 2015. Among the stars was the Big 12’s All-Around champion, Haylee Young, the first Big 12 all-around crown for Iowa State in 12 years.
The 2014 season saw the Cyclones put up another outstanding postseason run. A challenging regular season left Iowa State needing to post its season-high score at the Big 12 Championships hosted by West Virginia. Ronayne and the Cyclones delivered, finishing second with a season-high team score of 196.650 and Camille Santerre-Gervais earning the Big 12 title on uneven bars. One of the last teams to make the NCAA Regional Field, the Cyclones put up another strong performance at the Baton Rouge Regional, finishing third for the second consecutive season with a 196.350.
In 2013 Ronayne guided the Cyclones to one of the best postseason runs in program history. Iowa State’s season culminated with Michelle Shealy finishing fifth on balance beam at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish by a Cyclone in program history on the beam. Shealy also earned All-America First-Team honors on the beam. ISU started its 2013 postseason with its best score of the year at the Big 12 Championship to place second before finishing third at its NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Shealy was not the lone Cyclone to earn prestigious post-season distinctions, as senior Elizabeth Stranahan was named the Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and four ISU gymnasts took home All-Big 12 Championships honors.
Ronayne’s squads continually score well in the classroom and make their impact in the community. During his time at Iowa State, the Cyclones have received 65 total Academic All-Big 12 honors. In 2012, Ronayne’s team earned the Cyclone Challenge Cup, an honor that goes to the Iowa State team that tallied the most points through individual and team participation in Iowa State Student-Athlete programming.
Ronayne was named head coach at Iowa State on July 5, 2006. He came to Iowa State after four highly successful seasons (2003-2006) as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn.
Ronayne’s tenure at Auburn coincided with the most productive period in school history. The Tigers competed in four consecutive NCAA Regional Championships (2003-06), one NCAA Championship (2003) and produced three All-Americans in his four years. Ronayne is credited with helping elevate the Tigers’ program into a steady top-20 finisher (three times in his four seasons) with his tireless and effective recruiting skills. Prior to his appointment, Auburn had gone six seasons finishing outside of the NCAA’s Top 20. Ronayne also helped the Tigers rank in the nation’s top five in attendance in two of his last three seasons.
Prior to joining the staff at Auburn, Ronayne was the top assistant at West Virginia University, where he helped the team to eight conference titles in the EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League), 13 NCAA Regional appearances and three NCAA Championship appearances. He coached four All-Americans, seven individual qualifiers, two NCAA Regional champions and 20 conference champions. He was named the 1992 NCAA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
A native of Worcester, Mass., Ronayne began coaching gymnastics after competing in the sport for 12 years at the USGF and NCAA levels. A 1989 graduate of Massachusetts, Ronayne received a bachelor’s degree in English. Since his graduation, Ronayne has done extensive graduate study in sport psychology and athletic coaching education.
Ronayne is married to the former Mary Hefferin, who is the Iowa State director of gymnastics operations. The couple had their first child, Jack, on Jan. 1, 2014.
Director of Gymnastics Operations
Mary Ronayne is in her 10th year as the director of gymnastics operations at Iowa Sate. She joined the Cyclone gymnastics staff from Auburn where she served as assistant director of the Aquatics Center for four years which hosted conference and national championships.
As the director of operations, Ronayne coordinates all team travel, organizes community service outreach and is the meet director for all home meets. Additionally, she is responsible for daily office operations.
Ronayne is also the director of Cyclone Gymnastics Camp held each summer and the co-owner and director of Cardinal Gymnastics Academy, a recreational and competitive club on Iowa State’s campus for young gymnasts. A 1998 graduate of West Virginia, Ronayne earned a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education.
Ronayne is the wife of Iowa State head gymnastics coach Jay Ronayne. The couple had their first child, Jack, on Jan. 1, 2014.
Multi-time NCCA national champion and member of the 2000 United States Olympic bronze-medal winning team in Sydney, Australia, Kristen Maloney is in her fifth season as an assistant coach at Iowa State. Maloney coaches Iowa State’s bars and floor teams.
In her four seasons at Iowa State, Maloney has coached a pair of All-Americans in Caitlin Brown and Michelle Shealy, a Big 12 Conference vault champion (Celine Paulus, 2012) and 11 gymnasts to All-Big 12 Championship honors. Maloney has helped guide the Cyclones to an NCAA Regional in each of her four seasons at ISU and three Big 12 runner-up finishes.
In 2012, Maloney coached Paulus to the Big 12 vault title with a 9.950 mark. Paulus’ score tied for the fourth-highest tally in Cyclone history on the apparatus and earned her Iowa State’s first-ever outright Big 12 vault title.
Maloney came to Iowa State after a stellar amateur career and a year as an assistant coach at New Hampshire.
Before getting into coaching, Maloney was a member of three (2001, 2003 and 2004) NCAA national-title-winning squads at UCLA and won two individual national titles (vault and beam) in 2005. The Pen Argyl, Pa., native was the first UCLA gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 score on all four events during her collegiate career. Maloney concluded her collegiate career as a nine-time All-America recipient. She placed second on bars at the NCAA national championships in 2004 and tied for the highest all-around score at the national team finals in 2004 with a 39.725.
In 2005, Maloney was the Pac-10 Conference champion in the all-around, vault, beam and floor en route to being named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. Maloney was the second gymnast in league history to earn all-conference honors on all four events and in the all-around. In addition to winning vault and beam national titles, Maloney placed second in the all-around at the 2005 national championships. She was the 2005 NCAA West Regional Gymnast of the Year after winning the vault, beam and floor titles. Maloney’s stellar 2005 season was capped when she was earned the Honda Award, given to the top collegiate female gymnast.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Maloney was a member of the United States national team from 1994-2000. From 1998-2000 Maloney won four national championships (all-around, all-around, vault and floor), and was tabbed the 1998 USA Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year. She would later win the gold medal on beam at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
After graduating from UCLA in 2005, Maloney spent time as a gymnastics instructor in New York and as a performer in Cirque du Soleil.
Katie Minasola joined the Iowa State gymnastics staff in July 2011 after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State. At Iowa State, Minasola focuses on the Cyclone beam squad and assists in the choreography of the floor routines. Minasola also coordinates Iowa State’s recruiting efforts, a role she also had during her time at Michigan State.
2015 saw one of Iowa State’s top seasons on the beam in program history. The Cyclones saw Caitlin Brown earn regular season and postseason All-America honors under Minasola’s watch. Brown and Sammie Pearsall tied the ISU record on beam, each recording a 9.95 (Brown twice) during the 2015 season. The team also posted a 49.425 on beam on Jan. 18, the third-highest team score in school history.
In her second year at Iowa State, Minasola coached Michelle Shealy to the best finish at the NCAA Championship on beam in Cyclone history and to All-America First-Team honors. Shealy scored 9.900 on beam to qualify to the event finals and her 9.8375 score and fifth-place finish are the best-ever by a Cyclone on beam at the event finals.
Minasola also coached Caitlin Brown to All-Big 12 Championship honors on beam after the sophomore scored 9.875 on the event at the 2013 league meet.
In her first season at ISU, both the floor and beam teams were fixtures in the top-25 national rankings and Shealy placed second on beam at the Cyclones’ 2012 NCAA regional competition.
Minasola has coached her teams to eight-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, including the Cyclones in 2012 and 2013. She has also coached the Cyclones to back-to-back Big 12 runner-up finishes.
Minasola’s position at Michigan State also included working with the floor exercise competitors on choreography for routines, and she was the team’s academic liaison.
Minasola’s college career started at the University of Massachusetts, where she claimed school records on both the uneven bars and balance beam. She won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship on bars in 2002 with a 9.950 mark.
After the UMass gymnastics program was discontinued, she transferred to Central Michigan to close out her career. In her one season with CMU, Minasola took down the school record on bars with two perfect 10 performances. She went on to take the Mid-American Conference and regional title in the event to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Prior to collegiate competition, Minasola competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing eighth in the all-around which earned her the opportunity to serve as an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. Minasola helped the U.S. earn gold at the 1995 Pan American Games with a fourth-place finish on the balance beam. In 1994, Minasola finished eighth in the All-Around at the Coca-Cola National Championships. Her list of accomplishments also includes a first-place finish on beam and in the all-around at the 1993 Junior Olympic National Championships.
Minasola earned her degree from Massachusetts in 2003.
Danielle Guider is in her fourth season as a volunteer coach at Iowa State after completing a sterling career at Missouri in 2010. Guider also serves as the team director and head coach of the Cardinal Gymnastics Academy in Ames.
In 2015, Guider worked with Iowa State’s vaulters, a group that continued to improve throughout the entire season. She worked with a young group that saw four freshmen get opportunities to compete for the Cyclones on the apparatus.
Guider helped lead the Tigers to their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2010 as well as placing third in the all-around at the Big 12 Championship in her final collegiate campaign. Guider also was a key member of the 2010 Missouri squad that won its regional. The Nutley, N.J., native was on the All-Big 12 Championship All-Around team in her senior season.
The 2007 Missouri Freshman of the Year has multiple years of experience coaching at Flip Fest camp, Missouri's gymnastics camp as well as at the United States Gymnastics Development Center II in Mahway, N.J.
Guider was named Missouri's most improved gymnast in 2010, and she was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll from 2008-2009.
Guider earned her bachelor's degree from Missouri in 2011.