DAVIS, Calif. - A two-year member of the U.S. National Team and a two-time All-American at the University of Utah, Annie DiLuzio was announced as a new assistant coach on the UC Davis women's gymnastics staff on Thursday. She replaces Tamara Ross, who retired at the end of the 2015 season but will remain with the program as a volunteer assistant.
DiLuzio (pronounced "dah-LOO-zee-oh") joins a coaching corps that includes John Lavallee, entering his 10th year at the Aggie helm; and Carolyn Kampf, the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in her eighth season.
Originally from nearby Folsom High School and Byers Gymnastics Club, DiLuzio starred for four years under Utah coaching legend Greg Marsden. She earned her first All-America award with a national runner-up finish on vault in 2007, then picked up her second in her final collegiate meet thanks a seventh-place showing on floor exercise. As a sophomore in 2008, she stuck 38 of 38 routines. A year later, she capped her junior season with an NCAA regional title on floor exercise. From her freshman through senior seasons, DiLuzio helped Utah to NCAA finishes of second, second, third and sixth.
Prior to her collegiate career, DiLuzio was a two-year member of the U.S. National Team. Her highlights include vault wins at the 2005 U.S. Classic and the American Cup, a second-place showing on vault at the 2005 World Cup in Ghent, Belgium, and a seventh-place finish in the all-around at the 2005 U.S. Championships.
After earning her undergraduate degree in behavioral science and health in 2011, DiLuzio added a master's in the psychosocial aspects of sport in 2013. She has performed sports psychology consulting with programs ranging from Stanford women's gymnastics to Centennial Park Figure Skating (West Valley, Utah). DiLuzio coached at the Gymnastics Training Center (Salt Lake City) from 2010 to 2013, and most recently with Twisters Sports Center (Sunnyvale, California) from 2013-15. Twisters is co-owned by Allan Fusilero, a former UC Davis assistant coach; and Ericka Ruelas Fusilero, a member of the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame.
UC Davis captured its sixth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in 2015. The Aggies finished 39th in the final national RQS rankings, and set a school-record 196.900.