Towson University - Gymnastics

Assistant Coach Ashley Sauer

In October of 2019. Ashley Sauer was hired as the assistant gymnastics coach.
 
Sauer joins the Tiger family after being the choreographer class teacher at Rebounders Gymnastics. As the USA Gymnastics coach she worked with levels 3-10 on routine and techniques to help them prepare for the meets. She also worked as the Sports Information Director for the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).
 
“I am extremely excited to welcome Coach Ashley to our team,” Ramirez said.  “Her breadth of knowledge of the sport combined with her passion is going to take this team to new heights.  Her experience in the conference already as the EAGL SID will also be a huge asset.”
 
"I have been following Towson Gymnastics since I was a young athlete growing up in the area and have always been impressed with the rich history of the program and the amazing support that it receives from its alumnae and local clubs,” Sauer said.
 
“I am both thrilled and honored to be a part of Jay's coaching staff. Between the talent, desire, and pride that I see among the athletes on this team, I am excited to watch the limits we can push through this season, and in the future.”
 
Sauer was the Preschool Enrichment Director and the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the Kinetic Youth Academy & Ninja Warrior.  
 
She also was the Assistant Director at Harford Gymnastics from 2008-2016 where she coached scholarship athletes to Towson University, Ursinus College, Temple University and Gannon University. She also coached pre-team and compulsory from 2008-2010, then levels 8-10 from 2010-2016.
 
Before Sauer’s coaching stints in Maryland, she was the Athletic Communications Assistant at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. While there she coached level four through nine at the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority.
 
A 2007 graduate from the University of Maryland, Sauer was a member of the gymnastics team and was named to the EAGL All-Academic Team from 2004-2007. She was a NAWGJ Scholastic All-American in 2006 and 2007 and was the Maryland Athletics Presidential Award Recipient in 2007. She graduated in the spring of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
 
As a Maryland native, Sauer competed for Harford Gymnastics from 1992-2003 and was a member of Harford’s State Champion Team in level five, six, eight, nine and 10. She held two club all-around records that lasted over 10 years at level five and at level nine. Sauer was a two-time Eastern National Qualifier at level nine (1999, 2000) and a JO National Qualifier at level 10 in 2001. She was honored with the Maryland Outstanding Gymnast Award for level 10 in 2003 as well as the Harford’s Gina Faranetti Memorial Award in 2003. She received the Frank Yapps Memorial Scholarship in 2004.
 
Sauer currently resides in Harford County with her husband Roger, daughter Brynn and son Winston

Assistant Coach Toni-Ann Williams

In December of 2019, Toni-Ann Williams was hired as the assistant gymnastics coach.
 
“We are beyond thrilled to have Toni-Ann join our Towson coaching staff” said Ramirez.  “With her highly decorated experience as a recent NCAA gymnast at Cal Berkeley, I think she will play a valuable role in achieving the kind of success that we would like at Towson. Her energy, charisma, and passion for the sport are contagious and we are looking forward to a great season.”
 
“Growing up in Maryland, Towson Gymnastics has always been a big part of the gymnastics community,” said Williams. “I’m very excited to be joining the Towson program because of the welcoming community, great coaching staff, and truly wonderful athletes. I’m excited to watch the gymnastics program grow and help these young ladies have the best collegiate experience possible.”
 
In 2011, Williams was a state and Regional Champion and competed in her first international competition, the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. As a Level 10 competitor, she was crowned State Champion in 2012, representing Jamaica at the World Championships in 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. She also trained and competed for United Gymnastix alongside her sister Maya Williams who now competes for ASU Gymnastics.
 
Williams, a 2019 graduate from University of California Berkeley, is a seven-time All-American. She is a 2018 NCAA All-American and made the second team All-Around that year. Williams is a six-time regular season All-American (2015-first team vault & floor, second team All-Around, 2016-first team floor, 2018-first team floor, second team All-Around).
 
In 2015, Williams was the Pacific-12 Conference (PAC-12) Freshman of the Year, two time Regional Gymnast of the year (2015 & 2016) and a 2019 AAI award finalist while competing on the Cal Women's Gymnastics team.
 
She became Jamaica's first Olympic gymnast, competing in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She qualified for all four events that summer. Having both her parents from Jamaica, she was more than honored to be able to represent the country and help bring awareness. While hosting various camps during her visits to Jamaica she started a leotard drive to help the young girls. Williams also wanted to help build the program of gymnastics and be able to give kids the same opportunities that she had during gymnastics. She is also a Collegiate Gymnastics Growth Initiative Ambassador for the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association.
 
Williams grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and trained at United Gymnastix in Reisterstown, Maryland. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with two Bachelor's Degrees in Legal Studies and Social Welfare in May 2019.