INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 20, 2007 – Caroline Hunt of Redondo Beach, Calif., who was a member of the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team from 1990-95, today was named director of the rhythmic gymnastics program for USA Gymnastics by Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.

As the program director for rhythmic gymnastics, Hunt is responsible for oversight of the rhythmic program, including the elite and grass roots levels. She will work closely with the rhythmic community to continue to grow the discipline in the United States. Hunt, who will be based in Indianapolis and begin on April 1, will report to Kathy Kelly, vice president of program for USA Gymnastics.

“We look forward to having Caroline join our staff,” said Penny. “Her passion and experience within the rhythmic program will be valuable assets to her role as program director.”

A rhythmic gymnast from 1983-96, Hunt has remained active in the sport as a judge and an athlete representative to the Board of Directors. She earned her national judging status in 2003 and achieved Brevet status in 2005. Hunt has served as an athlete rep on the Board since 2003, as well as on the Bylaws Committee and the Executive Committee (2006). Her athletic accomplishments include competing in the 1992-93 World Championships, U.S. clubs champion in 1995 and U.S. junior national champion in 1990-91.

Prior to joining USA Gymnastics, Hunt taught in the California school system at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood from 2001-07. She also taught at Summit Preparatory High School in Redwood and was an assistant teach for the Rassias Language Program. She was Pacific Hills School’s Teacher of the Year in 2005.

Hunt earned her Master of Arts in Education and the California Single Subject Credential in English in June 2006 from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.