Entering her third season in 2020, Tanya Ho has taken the Alaska Anchorage gymnastics program to new heights.
Formerly an Alaska Anchorage opponent as a competitor and coach at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals UC Davis and Sacramento State, Tanya Ho took over the reins of the UAA program in April 2018, becoming just the second head coach in 34 years of Seawolf Gymnastics history.
In her first season, Ho helped an injury-laden UAA squad make improvements throughout the campaign, posting season-high totals in the last three meets and producing the Seawolves’ first MPSF Freshman of the Year in all-arounder Isabelle Fox.
The Seawolves made even bigger strides in 2019, breaking 17 school records – including season average and NQS marks on bars, beam, floor and overall – as she was voted MPSF Coach of the Year by her peers. UAA finished the season with a school-record 194.200 performance at the MPSF Championships, and junior Sophia Hyderally produced perhaps the top individual season in school history, winning the MPSF beam title and coming within a tiebreaker of qualifying for the NCAA National Championships.
Ho came north after helping guide Sacramento State to a pair of MPSF team titles from 2013-17. Working under head coaches Kim Hughes and Randy Solorio, her tenure produced 11 NCAA Regional individual qualifiers, 47 academic all-conference honorees, and the MPSF individual all-around champion in 2016.
As the Hornets’ balance beam coach from 2013-15 and their uneven bars coach from 2016-17, she also directly mentored 2017 MPSF bars champion Caitlin Soliwoda, 2016 NCAA Regional bars qualifier Cassie Benning, 2014 MPSF beam champion Elideth Guerrero, and three NCAA Regional beam qualifiers.
In 2016, she was voted by her peers as the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year, and later that year was inducted into the UC Davis Hall of Fame.
The Elk Grove, California, native was the first gymnast in Aggies history to qualify three straight years for NCAA Regionals and the second to reach the regional meet as an all-arounder in back-to-back years. The 2010 MPSF Gymnast of the Year as a senior, she finished with 13 career all-conference awards, nine MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors, and became the third gymnast in program history to crack the 39-point barrier when she won the MPSF individual all-around title in 2008.
Ho graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with her bachelor of science in exercise biology and served as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater for two seasons before joining the staff at Sacramento State.
|Hometown:||Elk Grove, California|
|Alma Mater:||UC Davis|