Mail Time with Jordyn Wieber

To all our fans, we hope you are staying safe at home and want you to know how much we miss seeing you on Friday evenings in Barnhill Arena. We wanted to give you the opportunity to reconnect during our time apart so we opened up our inboxes and in came the questions for head coach Jordyn Wieber. Here are some of Coach Wieber’s answers…

Why did you choose Arkansas and the Gymbacks?

I chose Arkansas and the Gymbacks because the community and athletic department are incredibly supportive, it’s in the SEC, and I felt it was a great program to begin my career as an NCAA head coach. Fayetteville is truly an incredible place to live and coach and I love being a Razorback!

What was your favorite moment this season with the Gymbacks?

There were so many great moments. My favorite had to be the very first meet we had in Barnhill Arena. We broke the all-time attendance record, beat the top home opener score of all time, and the stands were filled with fans. It was an incredible start to our season.

What has been the most unexpected benefit of being a head coach?

The most unexpected benefit has been the feeling when an athlete or the team has a mental breakthrough during practice or competition. As coaches, we strive for those big moments and accomplishments, but some of the smallest daily improvements in our athletes have been the most rewarding for me.

What are some of your favorite places to visit and things to do in Arkansas?

I love being outside because Fayetteville is beautiful, especially in the summertime. I enjoy walking or running with my dog on the Razorback Greenway Trail and eating at my favorite restaurants!

What are the top three things you look for in a recruit?

The top three things I look for in a recruit character, competitiveness, and a team-oriented attitude.

What do you think becoming a head coach has taught you in your personal life?

Being a head coach has taught me that in coaching AND in life, it is important to prioritize the things that are important and not dwell on things that are out of my control.

What was it like moving from Los Angeles to Fayetteville?

It was definitely a big change! Fayetteville has a much more simple way of living. I’m able to have a house with a yard and all four seasons. I love that people take the time to slow down, ask you how your day is going, and truly take the time to converse. I have to say, I don’t miss the LA traffic!

What are some things you learned this season that you want to apply to next season?

I learned so much this season. With an entirely new staff, we spent a lot of time getting to know each athlete on the team. Now that we have a year under our belt, we can dig even little deeper into developing more trust within the team and the coaching staff. We also saw so much leadership potential in our underclassman. I am excited to see them step into that role even more this next season.

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