Catching Up with Hollie Vise
Fans may have spotted a familiar face on the floor during last weekend's Oklahoma gymnastics meet: former OU All-American and World Champion Hollie Vise. Vise, however, was back in Norman on business: this season is her first as Assistant Coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils. SoonerSports.com caught up with the former Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year to see what she has been up to since graduating from the University of Oklahoma.
Q: What have you been up to since you finished your time at OU?
When I was done getting my master's, I moved out to Arizona and was coaching gymnastics at a local club for about a year and then I applied for the Arizona State position. I ended up getting it, so that was awesome because that’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The fact that something opened up right around the corner from where I was living was great.
Q: How has your experience as a collegiate gymnast helped you as a coach?
I think it’s helped a lot just because I can relate to the girls. I’m not that far out from competing so I understand a lot of the things that they’re going through and what their worries are. I just think I can help them through all of that.
Q: What did you learn from (OU coaches) K.J. Kindler, Lou Ball and Tom Haley that you apply at ASU?
Everything. I really did learn everything from them and I really look up to the way that they have led the Sooners to the top of the nation. It’s amazing what they’ve done to the program and that’s what I’m kind of hoping to bring to Arizona State.
Q: Arizona State has made great strides this year as a team. How meaningful has it been to be a part of that?
It means a lot. I’m so excited about the season that we’re having; just to be a part of that is awesome. I wasn’t there in prior years but I’ve just heard that we’re deeper this year. We have more options on all of the events and right now it’s just keeping the team healthy. I think we’re looking forward to postseason and I think we have a really great chance of making Nationals this year. I'm excited to be a part of it.
Q: Any big plans for the near future?
My hope is to be at Arizona State for a long time. I want to keep working with this program. It’s been a lot of fun; I can’t imagine doing anything else. So really, I just hope to help build the program and get them back to being a top ten school.
Former Oklahoma gymnast Hollie Vise was a six-time U.S. National Team member and won a team gold as well as an individual gold on bars at the 2003 World Championships. Vise later competed at the University of Oklahoma from 2007-10, becoming a three-time All-American, the 2010 NCAA Runner-Up on bars and floor and the 2010 Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year.