Entering his ninth year with Arizona, assistant coach John Court has established himself as of the top assistant gymnastics coaches in the country. With a competitive flair and energetic passion for gymnastics, Court takes great pride in helping mold each Wildcat gymnast to be at there fullest potential both in and out of the gym.
“I always try to get better at what I do and try to remain consistent with my coaching,” Court said. “I believe in continuous learning and have a competitive drive that I teach with.”
As one of the longest tenured assistant coaches in the Pac-10, Court’s contributions are visible both inside the gym and on an administrative level. His duties in the gym include vault and floor coaching, where Court is responsible for developing each gymnast tumbling and vaulting.
“John has a great intention on being successful and takes great pride in representing out team and our university,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “He takes his job very seriously and continues to strive to improve this team.”
Outside of the gym, Court has served as Arizona’s recruiting coordinator for the last four seasons, searching for the best amateur talent in the nation to bring into the Wildcat program.
“John spearheads our recruiting”, Ryden said. “He will spend an entire year researching the upcoming recruits, figuring out where we need to go and who we need to see. He is a fan of the sport and likes finding talent. John is a people person who likes going out and talking to people.” Additionally, Court also serves as co-director for Bill Ryden’s Sonoran Gymnastics Camp.
For Court, recruiting is not a job, it is a way to help Arizona’s program even better. “I try to assist our program in the best way I can to recruit and evaluate our future Wildcats,” Court said. “It’s been great to see a few classes through graduation over the last years. After working with Bill the last seven seasons, I have a good idea of what type of person and gymnast he wants on his team.”
During each gymnastics meet, Court’s passion for the sport and desire to win is clearly visible in his coaching. Court leads with his emotions by always cheering for each gymnast after each routine and providing Arizona with an extra spark of energy needed to succeed. “John is an emotional leader for this team,” Ryden said. “When we get into a competition, he is all about each routine and each score. He brings his game face and helps our team succeed.”
Before coaching at Arizona, Court spent five years at the University of Vermont, his last three years 1995-1998 serving as head coach. During those years he was named ECAC Coach of the Year twice. Prior to Vermont , Court spent two years as an assistant coach at Brown University under his mother and legendary gymnastics coach Jackie Court who coached there for 33 years.
With eight years of coaching experience at Arizona, Court has noticed the valuable team experience this program provides for its gymnasts. “We have not had anyone transfer to another college to do gymnastics, which says a lot about the total experience that is provided at Arizona,” Court said. “It is very important that you keep the sport fun, for your team and yourself, and that everyone continues to grow. I think we are all at our best when we love what we do.”
Court is a 1993 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in marketing. He received his master’s degree in public/athletic administration from the University of Vermont in 1995.