The University of Alaska Anchorage has hired Tanya Ho as the new head gymnastics coach. Interim athletic director Tim McDiffett announced the appointment.

Ho comes to Anchorage by way of northern California. For the past five seasons, she served as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. There, she oversaw both the balance beam and uneven bars. A 2010 graduate of UC Davis, she’s one of the most decorated gymnasts in school history. There, she qualified for the NCAA regional three times and was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s athlete of the year in 2010.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I hope to continue the culture of academic and athletic success.” she said on the UAA website.

Her hiring is significant for another reason. When classes begin this fall, someone other than Paul Stoklos will lead the program for the first time. Citing health and family reasons, Stoklos retired unexpectedly this past spring after 33 years.