By Lexi DeLorimiere, Staff Writer
Long Island University has added Women’s Gymnastics to the athletic program in 2020. Head coach Randy Lane recently hired two assistant coaches, Hallie Mossett and Lauren Martinez. Mossett and Martinez are both decorated athletes, with high levels of experience.
Mossett spent her first four years at UCLA as an athlete with her final year being an undergraduate assistant coach on the 2018 National Championship team. She was named Pac-12 specialist and freshman as well as First Team All American. Lane also coached Mossett in college.
Mosset is determined and goal-oriented going into this position. She also hopes to contribute her skills with technique, dance, choreography and performance. “One of my goals is to encourage these women to be the best athletes and people they can be in hopes that they will make the most of their collegiate athletics experience and learn a lot of great life lessons,” Mosset said.
Martinez competed at Michigan, where she earned Big Ten Champion both as an individual and with her team before graduating in 2018. In 2017 Martinez was named a NSCA All-American for her work in strength and conditioning and earned the team’s Most Improved Award. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Rutgers before coming to LIU.
Martinez is excited to use her experience while coaching to help improve every athlete’s ability. “My goals as a coach are to remind these young women how fun our sport is, and there is more to life than just gymnastics. I hope to help these athletes reach their full potential within this sport as well as help guide them into becoming the young women they are striving to be once their career is finished,” Martinez said.
The team is fairly young, with 16 freshmen and four transfer sophomores. Lane is excited about the growth and development that can take place as a team. He also focuses on goals and individual success.
“I believe that setting one’s sights on a goal will push each individual to do their best. If I can help an athlete understand that their success should not be compared to anyone else’s goals or success, then I have helped them achieve their individual self-confidence and contributed to their growth,” Lane said.
The Sharks Gymnastics team will compete in the East Atlantic Gymnast League in their opening season as an athletic program.