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Brian Carey joins Oregon State gymnastics as assistant coach

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Jade Carey (left) and Brian Carey (right) at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, England.
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The Oregon State gymnastics team announced Monday that Brian Carey, father and coach to Olympic and world champion Jade Carey, is joining the program as an assistant coach.

“Brian is a world-class coach and will be an amazing mentor to our student-athletes,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “His technical knowledge, alongside his work with both the international and elite developmental programs, will benefit our athletes immediately.”

Brian is Jade’s longtime elite coach, previously coaching her at their club gym, Arizona Sunrays. He was by her side during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in 2021) where she won gold on floor exercise.

Brian has also coached Jade to seven world medals (three gold), three Pan American titles, and two NCAA runners-up. Most recently, he accompanied Jade to the 2022 world championships in Liverpool, where she won gold on vault and helped Team USA win gold in the team competition. The win on vault marked her first individual world title.

“I’m very honored to begin this journey alongside such incredible athletes, coaches and support staff,” Brian said. “I have been fortunate to have spent significant time around the Oregon State gymnastics team over the past few years, and I have tremendous respect for the entire program. I am looking forward to sharing my passion and experience to contribute to the team’s continued growth and success.”

This transition makes perfect sense for Brian and the Beavers since he was already spending most of his time coaching Jade in Corvallis as the gymnast eyes a second Olympic Games.

Earlier this month, when discussing her decision to make a push for Paris while still competing for OSU, Jade mentioned to Gymnastics Now that Brian was coming up to lead her elite training every week.

“Right now, my dad comes up to Oregon all the time. He’s basically just home in Arizona on the weekend, so I’m really fortunate enough to have him do that. He’s here a lot helping with my elite stuff,” said Carey.