Nancy Reighard
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Central Michigan University
Graduating Year: 1976
Phone: (989) 774-2029
Nancy Reighard
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 06/01/2010

Nancy Reighard enters her fifth straight season as an assistant coach for the Central Michigan gymnastics program. It will be her ninth season overall coaching for CMU, after also serving as an assistant from 1986-89.

“Nancy brings valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge,” head coach Jerry Reighard said. “Her expertise on both floor exercise and balance beam, especially in the area of choreography, will make a big impact on our team this season.”

In her first stint as an assistant, she coached two Mid-American Conference champions on floor exercise and balance beam.

Reighard began her coaching career in 1976, serving as the head coach of the girls’ gymnastics team at Ionia High School for six years. She was also the director of the community education gymnastics program in Ionia from 1976-84.

After concluding her stint on the CMU coaching staff, Reighard took over as the director of the Mount Pleasant Gymnastics Center from 1989-95.

Reighard was a standout collegiate gymnast at CMU. She was a member of the only CMU team to qualify for the national championships in 1976.

Reighard was an Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-American on floor exercise as a senior. She held the school record on floor when she graduated and was an accomplished performer on balance beam as well.

Reighard graduated from CMU in 1976 with a degree in education.

Reighard and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 36 years. Jerry is the head coach at CMU, a position he has held for the last 26 years. They have four children - Brett (29), Kara (27), Jill (24) and Mark (21).

The Reighard File
1976-1981 Ionia High School (Ionia, Mich.) Girls' Head Coach
1986-1989 Central Michigan University Assistant Coach
2005-Present Central Michigan University Assistant Coach