INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 4, 2011 – USA Gymnastics today announced that Ron Jacobson of Fishers, Ind., has been named director of program development and will be responsible for overseeing the growth and educational development of acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and group gymnastics (also known as Gymnastics for All). The position reports to Kathy Kelly, vice president of program.

“Ron’s experience as an educator, coach, event manager and gym club owner provides the perfect combination for developing our growing disciplines of acrobatic gymnastics, group gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “He has the experience that will benefit these programs and assist them in moving their disciplines forward.”

For acrobatic and group gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, Jacobson will support each program in developing its strategic plan and budget; plan and manage domestic events, including the Junior Olympic Championships and elite and developmental level competitions; develop and implement plans to increase participation; collaborate with the education department to create and promote educational and certification programs; create and market educational-based camps and clinics; and establish strong relationships between USA Gymnastics and the national, regional and state volunteer committees.

“I am honored and proud to be working with USA Gymnastics, an organization focused on providing positive opportunities for America’s young athletes,” said Jacobson. “I look forward to assisting an already strong organization through constant collaboration with all disciplines, and providing leadership in the continuation of promoting awareness, participation, and growth within USA Gymnastics.”

Jacobson’s experience includes event manager and education committee member for trampoline and tumbling; owner and tumbling coordinator for American Powerhouse, a trampoline and tumbling facility; professional educator, ASB, athletic and activities director for Western Sierra Collegiate Academy; and Portola High School. He also served as a coach for Feather River College and Portola High School. While in California, the gyms he owned had programs in trampoline/tumbling and acrobatic and group gymnastics. Jacobson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health ecology at the University of Nevada in Reno. He lives in Fishers with his wife and two sons.