Arizona senior gymnast Katie Matusik packs a vibrant punch - a member of one of the nation's most storied gymnastics programs, a solid student with aspirations in journalism and broadcasting all while spending numerous hours volunteering her time in the community.
Currently in her third season with Arizona, assistant coach Randi Acosta is no stranger to the GymCats. As a former Arizona Gymnast, Acosta brings an enthusiasm deeply rooted in Arizona pride.
Acosta (formerly Liljenquist), competed at Arizona from 1999-2002, turning in one of the most accomplished careers of any Wildcat gymnast. During her four years of competition, Acosta was a four-time All-Pac-10 gymnast and garnered two All-American awards. Additionally, she was the 2002 Pac-10 champion on the floor exercise and was named the NCAA Regional Gymnast of the Year that same season.
Acosta holds the school record in the all-around with a 39.775, in addition to perfect 10.0 marks on the balance beam and floor exercise (twice). She is the only UA gymnast to achieve such a score on beam and one of only three in program history to do so in the floor exercise.
Upon graduating from the U of A, Acosta worked at Mystique del Mar as an acrobat, then married Roberto Acosta in 2003. She then went on to work at Desert Devil's as an optional level beam coach and floor choreographer for several years.
With her experience at both the college and club level, Acosta brings a unique perspective to the GymCats' coaching staff.
"Randi not only bleeds red and blue, but is also extremely talented from both an athlete and a coaching perspective," head coach Bill Ryden said, "She is a visual for the girls of a successful alum with a history of a strong eye for detail. Randi is an exceptional addition to our coaching staff."
At Arizona, Acosta is responsible for choreographing routines for both the floor exercise as well as the balance beam, while primarily coaching the beam. Acosta is also a huge player in the marketing and promotions of the team, as well as team attire (competition leotards, warm-ups, etc) and producing custom music for each team member's floor music.
Her hardwork and impact were recognized after only two years of coaching at the collegiate level, as she was recognized as the South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for 2012.
"I love coaching college gymnastics. I can't wait to see each individual who comes through the program succeed, make the best of their careers and be proud of what they've done. I want them to stand out. They work hard and deserve the recognition." Acosta said.
Outside of the gym, Acosta loves spending time with her husband, two daughters Ana Milan and Isabella Sophia and son Roberto Jr.