FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Felicia Hano, a decorated varsity gymnast at UCLA and former member of the United States senior national team, has been promoted to assistant coach, Arkansas head coach Jordyn Wieber announced on Friday.
Hano, who joined the Razorback Gymnastics program in fall 2020 as a volunteer assistant coach, replaces Catelyn Orel, who has been named Lindenwood University’s head coach. Hano will continue to support Vault and Floor artists, as well as collaborate with Razorback’s social media and creative content teams.
“I am so excited to continue to be a part of the Razorback family,” Hano said. “I am grateful to have made it to last year’s record season and look forward to contributing more as an assistant coach. I am excited for the future of gymnastics in Arkansas.
Hano helped lead Arkansas to its 17e Back-to-back NCAA regional appearance (no playoffs were held in 2020) last season as the Razorbacks clinched the No. 10 seed. The Gymbacks set the program record for the overall score of the team twice during the regular season, including an academic record of 197.425 in the 12th Auburn victory.
She also assisted in the development of Maggie O’Hara (first team bars) and Kennedy Hambrick (second team jump, bars, beam and all-around), who won All-America honors after their performances in the Championship. 2020 NCAA gymnastics.
“Felicia is more than ready to take on this assistant position,” said Wieber. “From the first day she walked onto campus, she understood what it means to be part of the Razorback family. She has incredible leadership qualities and really connects with our student-athletes. I am confident that his knowledge of the sport combined with his creative ideas will continue to be an important factor in the growth of the program.
Prior to joining the Gymback staff, Hano completed an outstanding career at UCLA as a four-time All-Pac-12 winner (first-team jump and floor in 2019, second-team floor in 2018 and 2020 ) and six times All-American (four times on vault and twice on floor). The San Gabriel, Calif., Native was a member of the 2018 NCAA National Championship squad and scored her first career perfect 10 on floor against Oklahoma that season to help the Bruins win their race to the title.
Hano, who was the 2019 Pac-12 co-champion, competed in the all-around in the last five meetings of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season – his last at UCLA. She finished the year with the second-highest average score among her Bruin teammates on vault (9.900) and floor (9.950).
Prior to starting his college career at UCLA, Hano was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2014-15. She competed alongside three of Wieber’s “Fierce Five” teammates – Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross – as well as one of the most dominant gymnasts of all time, Simone Biles.
Hano graduated from UCLA in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.