Montero Steps Down as Redbird Gymnastics Coach

May 9, 2005

NORMAL, Ill. - After just two years at Illinois State, Kristin Montero announced on Monday that she will relinquish her duties as the head gymnastics coach. Montero will be taking a research position at Northwestern in the field of preventative medicine.

Montero values her time spent at Illinois State and the many priceless experiences she has enjoyed while at the university.

"The past two years have meant so much to me," said Montero. "Illinois State is a wonderful place. I have learned a lot and have hopefully touched some lives. I am excited for the future of ISU athletics and am truly thankful to have been a part of it."

Leading the team through "rebuilding years," Montero is confident that the team she is leaving behind will achieve great things. In 2005, the Redbirds placed fifth at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships following a pair of gymnasts advancing to NCAA Regional competition in 2004.

"Redbird gymnastics is made up of an amazing group of student-athletes," said Montero. "The girls put their heart and soul into everything they do. The returning athletes and incoming freshman will make up one of the most talented teams Illinois State has seen. I know they will build off everything we have achieved together, and go on to do great things. I believe in this team, and will always have a special place in my heart for them."

Montero came to Illinois State prior to the 2004 season. She returned to the coaching profession after a one-year hiatus at LifeStart Wellness Network in Chicago, where she served as the general manager from July 2002 to August 2003.

Prior to her brief departure from competitive gymnastics, the Cincinnati, Ohio native had four years of coaching experience at Illinois, her alma mater. As an assistant coach for the Illini, she worked primarily with choreography on floor exercises and balance beam. While competing as an athlete at Illinois, Montero earned three varsity letters. Serving as the team captain in 1998, she was named as the team's Most Valuable Gymnast.