Nov. 13, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden announced on Friday that Jordan Williams has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend the school and compete in gymnastics. Williams will report to the school next year to begin the 2010-11 academic year.
Williams, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is a current Level 10 and former Elite Level gymnast who trains with Precision Gymnastics. In May 2009, she was named to the U.S. Junior Olympic National team following a fourth-place finish at the J.O. national championships.
“We are extremely excited to have Jordan join our program,” Ryden said Friday. “She will bring a very high level of gymnastics to our program and will be a perfect fit for us.”
Williams, a top all-arounder, is also an outstanding student in the classroom. She maintains above a 4.0 grade point average at Los Osos High School.
“In addition to her gymnastics talent, Jordan is a very intelligent student and wonderful person,” Ryden added. “She is a great addition to our team in all respects.”
Williams debuted at the J.O. national championships in 2006, then placed ninth in the all-around and fifth on vault in 2007. She also earned a fourth-place finish in the all-around at the U.S. Challenge/Classic in 2007.
The daughter of Rod and Trina, Williams brings a wide variety of skills in all four events that are expected to contribute immediately upon her arrival at Arizona next fall and into the 2011 season.
“She is a classic all-arounder,” Ryden said. “We envision her having the opportunity to compete on all four events.”
Williams is a former training partner of current Wildcat Colleen Fisher. Fisher, a current junior from Murrieta, Calif., trained with Williams when the two were together at SCEGA Gymnastics.
“We’re pleased to have another top-level gymnast from California become a part of the Wildcat family,” Ryden said. “Colleen was the last Californian to come here, and now Jordan will step in. We hope this is a trend that will continue from years to come as we’ve always been able to develop great gymnasts from the West Coast.”
Williams comes from a family with an excellent athletic background. Her father, Rod, played football at the University of Southern California, lettering in the 1982-83 seasons.
The Wildcats will officially begin their 2010 season on January 9 at Arkansas. The team will host a pair of intrasquads in early December, before the Fall semester ends and the student-athletes head home for Winter Break.