Fans invited to attend Saturday for first look at the 2018 Pioneers
Leland leaves Denver after 17 seasons as assistant coach
No. 17-ranked Pioneers compete in Magness Arena at 2 p.m.; meet televised live on ALT2
Carl Leland enters his 17th season with the Pioneer gymnastics program in 2015. Leland joined the gymnastics coaching staff alongside head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart in the fall of 1998. He was responsible for the layout and design of the gymnastics practice facility in the Gates Field House of the Ritchie Center, one of the finest practice facilities in collegiate gymnastics.
Leland's work with DU's floor exercise competitors has been a big reason Denver has consistently put out one of the top floor exercise units in the country, finishing in the top-12 in five of the last 11 seasons and in the top-10 in 2004, 2005 and 2007. In 2003, Denver's floor exercise team was the top-ranked unit in the country for two weeks during the season. In 2012, Denver finished 13th as a team on the floor, while National Championship qualifier, Moriah Martin finished the season tied for 40th nationally. In 2013, the Pioneers finished 12th as a team on floor (49.275).
Leland has worked in gymnastics in the Denver area since 1990 and was owner of High Country Gymnastics in Englewood, Colo., from 1993-99. Under his guidance from 1990-98, 19 of his gymnasts qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships; one student was a bronze medalist on pommel horse in 1998.
Leland is no stranger to the collegiate ranks. He competed for Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., from 1978-82, qualifying for the NCAA Championships on the high bar as a senior in 1982. Following graduation, Leland became an assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Georgia while working on his master's degree. While at Georgia, the Bulldogs won a national championship in 1987, a regional championship in 1986, and Southeastern Conference titles in 1986 and 1987.
Leland received a bachelor's degree in biology/pre-medicine from Ball State in 1983 and earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Georgia in 1989.
In 2001, he was elected vice president of the National Collegiate Coaches Association for Women's Gymnastics and played a part in helping Denver land its NCAA Regional bids in 2001, 2003 and 2007.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Leland enjoys live music, skiing, hiking, camping, fly fishing and is an amateur photographer. He is single and resides in Denver.
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