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Larissa Libby, Director
  Larissa enters her fourteenth year as the head coach of the University of Iowa’s Women’s Gymnastics team. She has been involved at the highest levels of gymnastics both as a competitor and as a coach for 33 years.

Before joining the Hawkeyes in 2000, Larissa served four years as the assistant women's gymnastics coach at Louisiana State University, her alma mater. While at LSU, she produced nine beam All-Americans, the top-ranked beam team in 1999 and helped coach LSU to four consecutive NCAA championship team appearances.

As a competitive gymnast in her home country of Canada, Larissa burst onto the scene at age 11, quickly becoming a junior national champion and a senior national champion shortly after. A member of the 1987 and 1989 Canadian world championship teams, Larissa led the Canadian team to one of its highest finishes, placing 18th in the world in the all-around and becoming Canada's first ever world vault finalist. Along with world recognition, Larissa was also a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 1988. She has earned over 30 international individual and event medals and was honored as the Canadian Gymnast of the Year in 1989 and 1990. In 2006, Larissa was honored for her many national and international accomplishments. The Whitby Sports Council, the hometown where Larissa began her outstanding career, selected her to be inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on some of Canada's greatest athletes.

Originally from Pickering, Canada, Larissa was a collegiate gymnast at Louisiana State University. She was a four-year team captain and the Central Region bar champion in 1995. Larissa graduated from LSU in 1996, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in French.