Heffernon joins USA Gymnastics as women's Junior Olympic program director
posted on 11/05/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2013 Acaa USA Gymnastics today announced that Anne Heffernon of Olathe, Kansas, has been hired as the women's Junior Olympic program director. Heffernon begins with USA Gymnastics after the first of the year and will be based in Indianapolis.

"Anne brings more than 20 years of experience in women's gymnastics to the position," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Anne's background as a gym club owner, coach, and state and regional administrator makes her perfectly suited to oversee the women's Junior Olympic program."

As the women's Junior Olympic program director, she will be responsible for the oversight and administration of all aspects of the women's Junior Olympic program (Levels 1-10 and the Xcel program). Heffernon's responsibilities include: developing and implementing the Junior Olympic competitive rules, compulsory routines and strategic plan; assisting with planning and organizing the national Junior Olympic events, Junior Olympic National Championships, Level 9 East/West Championships and Nastia Liukin Cup; and overseeing the activities of the Junior Olympic National Team.

In 2002, Heffernon became the owner of Kansas Gymnastics and Dance Center, Inc., where she has been the head coach since 1993. Her responsibilities included overseeing the developmental plans for all athletes, from pre-competitive levels through elite, and managed the administration and business aspects of the gym club. Heffernon has coached athletes at the USA Gymnastics Level 9 Junior Olympic Western Championships, Junior Olympic National Championships, the Nastia Liukin Cup and the 2010 Visa Championships. She started the club's annual philanthropic initiative, the Pink Ribbon Invitational in 2007, and the event has raised more than $30,000 for the Valvano Foundation and the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research. Heffernon was the Region 3 Volunteer of the Year in 2011.

In addition, Heffernon has served as the Kansas women's gymnastics state chairperson since 2011 and has been a member of the Kansas USA Gymnastics Committee for more than 10 years. Heffernon also is the Region 3 apparel and entry chairman, handling the region's Junior Olympic apparel needs, coordinating fee and entry collections, and other administrative duties.

Heffernon earned her Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in health and wellness, from Oklahoma State University.

Connie Maloney of Indianapolis, who has managed the women's Junior Olympic program since 1990, has become technical director of the women's Junior Olympic program and will oversee the judging education and certification program, as well as continuing to work with the Junior Olympic Technical Committee.