Former Cortland National Champ Sulekha Modi Zaug Named Women's Gymnastics Head Coach
ormer Cortland national champion Sulekha Modi Zaug has been named the Red Dragons' women's gymnastics head coach in an announcement from director of athletics Mike Urtz. Zaug, who earned a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation from Cortland in 2000 and a master's degree in recreation management from the College in 2002, replaces Sierra Day, who served as interim head coach during the 2018-19 season. "It is such an honor and unique responsibility to be able to coach a sport that I love, that framed my childhood and brought me so much success at my alma mater," said Zaug. "Cortland is in my blood. I feel like I've come home during every visit since graduation. I am so excited to help motivate our student-athletes to become the best they can be in the gym, as Red Dragons, and in life." Zaug was a three-time national champion on uneven bars in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and finished second nationally in the event in 1999. She was the first gymnast in the history of the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) to win three individual national titles in the same event. Her score of 9.80 on bars during her a regular-season meet in her senior year held up as a school record for 18 years before being eclipsed during the 2017-18 season.