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Dallas Becerra, Robert Drass set to join the Nittany Lions as assistant coaches
Dallas Becerra enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Penn State women's gymnastics team in 2018. Becerra comes to Penn State after spending the 2017 season as an assistant coach under Coach Brown at Eastern Michigan.
While at Eastern Michigan, Becerra served as the recruiting coordinator, bars coach and he helped with the program’s social media efforts. As the bars coach last season, Becerra’s gymnasts set a school record score of 49.3 and Kendall Valentin became the program’s first All-American.Before joining the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Becerra was the primary bars coach at the AIM Gymnastics Training Center in The Woodlands, Texas. At the AIM Gymnastics Training Center, he developed a new training system for optional-level gymnasts on bars, in addition to being the main spotter for level 10 and elite gymnasts on floor and bars. He also assisted in creating conditioning circuits to help the overall fitness of his gymnasts.
Becerra began his coaching career serving as the women’s optional coach at FlipzUSA Gymnastics in Columbia, Mo. During his time at FlipzUSA Gymnastics, Becerra created daily workout plans and drills for optional gymnasts, ranging from level eight through level 10. Overall, he was able to provide a safe environment at practice for all athletes, utilizing spotting techniques learned at coaching clinics.
A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Becerra earned a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation, and tourism with an emphasis in sport management from the University of Missouri in 2013.