INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 21, 2019 – USA Gymnastics has hired Jason Woodnick to serve as the vice president for men’s gymnastics, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Woodnick, who hails from Germantown, Md, will be responsible for overseeing the USA Gymnastics men’s gymnastics program, from grassroots to the national teams. He will be based in Indianapolis and will report to Stefanie Korepin, the chief programs officer.
“Jason’s expertise as a sports administrator and his background as both an athlete and a coach are the perfect combination for leading the men’s gymnastics program,” said Korepin. “We have an incredible men’s community here in the United States, and we believe Jason can work closely with them to move men’s gymnastics forward in the United States. 2020 is an important year for everyone, and we are confident Jason will support our elite athletes’ Tokyo 2020 journey while also laying the foundation for growth and the future of men’s gymnastics.”
Woodnick most recently was the men’s gymnastics program manager for Gymnastics Canada, a position he has held since 2017. He was responsible for overseeing the operations, budgets, finances and overall management for men’s gymnastics. Woodnick coordinated men’s competitions, both domestically and internationally, and directed the programs for athletes, coaches, judges and other support personnel, as well as regional provincial activities.
“I am truly honored to be named the vice president of men’s gymnastics, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with so many outstanding members of the USA Gymnastics community,” said Woodnick, who has worked in Canada for the past 10 years. “My goals are to strengthen communication and transparency; advocate for NCAA programs; develop innovative strategies for growing the grassroots levels; build strong, collaborative relationships with coaches, volunteer members and committees; and work with the high-performance staff to develop a team strategy and structure for podium success at the international level.
“The U.S. men’s program has a decorated history, and I want to contribute to making the future even brighter. Through collaboration, positivity and dedication, I believe the U.S. men’s program can become the standard for excellence in men’s gymnastics."
Woodnick’s other professional experience includes working in several capacities at the University of Calgary in Alberta, beginning as an assistant head coach and serving as the head coach and program coordinator for four years. He also was elected to serve as the program representative for the Alberta Gymnastics Federation. Woodnick was a coach with the Canadian Team at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, 2013-15 World Championships, 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also was Canada’s men’s team manager at the 2017-19 World Championships and 2019 Pan Am Games. Woodnick also was the gym manager and program director for recreational and competitive boys’ gymnastics at First in Flight Gymnastics in Gastonia, N.C., and an assistant coach and graduate teaching fellow at Springfield (Mass.) College.
Woodnick earned his BS degree in kinesiology with a focus on sports management from James Madison University and his Master of Education in sports management at Springfield College. Woodnick was a four-time USA Gymnastics All-American gymnast at James Madison University, picking up Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and USA Gymnastics Senior Athlete of the Year honors along the way.