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Cal Women's Head Coach and Jamaican Olympic Head Coach, Justin Howell, and Cal Women's Associate Head Coach, Liz Crandall-Howell, have built a strong foundation at Cal that has led them to national prominence. Camp will reflect their individual instruction, dedication, and passion.
The Complete Skills Camp will help gymnasts improve their skill sets, further development, improve technique, and gain a deeper understanding of gymnastics. Camp is open to any and all participants ages 9-17, but is structured towards gymnasts that have completed or are training in USAG levels 4-10.
- Opportunity to practice and compete on the beautiful and historic UC Berkeley campus
- Strong focus on individual skill development and performance
- Exposure to one of the nation's top Division 1 gymnastics programs
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Camp Director Justin Howell
Justin Howell, a well-respected Bay Area club coach, took the helm of the Cal Women's Gymnastics program in June of 2012 and made an immediate impact, leading the Golden Bears to one of their best seasons in recent history.View Justin Howell's Bio ⟩
As the Head Coach for the Women's Jamaican National Team, Howell joined Cal Gymnast Toni-Ann Williams as her coach at the 2016 Rio Olypmics.
Shortly before Howell took over the program, the Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49th nationally. In just two years time, Howell has led the Bears to a No. 16 ranking with a growing conference and national presence. Cal’s 33-spot rise since 2012 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99).
In 2014, the Bears rewrote the Cal Women's Gymnastics record books, improving in areas across the board. Among the many milestones:
Cal posted a 196.0 or better SIX times, more than any other squad in program history. The team advanced to NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season and 19th time in program history. It was the first time Cal claimed two individual berths to the NCAA Championships in program history, and the first time Cal sent gymnasts to the NCAA Championships since 2003. The Bears finished third at the Pac-12 Championships, which was the program’s highest finish ever, and the team also posted its highest Pac-12 Championships score (196.550) The Bears claimed 34 event titles this season and 82 Top 3 finishes, up from 15 event titles and 60 Top 3 finishes in 2013.
The team opened the season with the highest score in a home opener in season history (196.27)
Team Event Highs in 2014:
V: 49.325 (second-highest score in program history)
UB: 49.275 (fourth-highest score in program history)
BB: 49.275 (second-highest score in program history)
FX: 49.300 (fourth-highest score in program history)
TOTAL: 196.725 (second highest score in program history)
Howell also guided the 2013 squad to its first NCAA Regional berth since 2007 and a season-high team score of 196.525, the second-highest score in program history and highest score since March 2007. For his tremendous accomplishments in his debut season as head coach, Howell was recognized as the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and 2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming head coach, Howell was assistant coach with the Golden Bears for the 2012 season. Howell was elevated to the top post following a national search for the position following Danna Durante's resignation to become the head women's gymnastics coach at the University of Georgia.
In his first season on the Cal staff, Howell played a major role in guiding the squad to an average score nearly a full point higher than the year prior to his arrival. The Golden Bears saw measureable improvement across the board with 23 gymnasts recording personal high scores and eight student-athletes earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Howell brings more than 15 years of experience as a head coach in the area, having served as the head coach and team director at Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara since 1997. In his club coaching career, Howell coached more than 40 gymnasts to NCAA scholarships at 19 different universities, while leading Airborne gymnasts to 30 state championships. He coached two Junior Olympics national AA champions, four JO National Team members and two U.S. National Team members. Howell was named the 2004 Northern California Coach of the Year, the 2008 Region I Coach of the Year, and was appointed a Visa Championships coach in both 2008 and 2010. He is the founder of the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio, a Zumba fitness studio in Santa Clara.
2014 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year
2013 NACGC West Region Coach of the Year
2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2010 VISA Championships Coach
2008 VISA Championships Coach
2008 Region I Coach of the Year
2004 Northern California Coach of the Year
Howell and wife Elisabeth Crandall-Howell have three children -- Jacob, Noah and Greyson. He received an athletic scholarship at San Jose State University, graduating in 1999 with a B.S. in kinesiology.
regular_coach Elisabeth Crandall-Howell
2016 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Elisabeth Crandall-Howell is a distinguished international brevet-level judge, an internationally experienced gymnast, and a collegiate All-American. Coach...View Elisabeth Crandall-Howell's Bio ⟩
2016 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Elisabeth Crandall-Howell is a distinguished international brevet-level judge, an internationally experienced gymnast, and a collegiate All-American. Coach Liz joined the Cal family as an assistant coach in September 2012 and was elevated to associate head coach in July 2014.
Since joining the Cal women’s gymnastics staff, Crandall-Howell has been integral in Cal’s stellar ascent through the national rankings. The Bears finished the 2012 season ranked 49thnationally shortly before Crandall-Howell joined the program, and finished ranked 16th this season. Cal’s 33-spot rise since 2012 marks the largest margin of improvement in NCAA gymnastics history, a feat only one other school has achieved (Maryland, 1997-99). Under her tutelage, Cal earned back-to-back NCAA Regional berths in 2013 and 2014, and this season the Bears sent individual gymnasts to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2003.
As associate head coach, Crandall-Howell works with all aspects of the Cal women’s gymnastics program, including fitness and nutrition, academic support and character development both in and out of the gym. Additionally, Crandall-Howell lends her expertise as an international brevet judge to help strengthen Cal’s routines across the board.
In her two seasons at Cal, Crandall-Howell’s leadership has been most evident on beam. After posting a 48.285 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) on the event in 2012, Cal finished the past season with a 49.015 RQS and a 49.275 season-high on the event, which was also the program’s second highest beam score in program history. In 2014, the Bears broke the 49.0 mark on beam for the first time since 2008, and continued to break it, posting four team scores of 49.0 or better. The beam team combined for nine of Cal's 33 event titles.
Crandall-Howell also helped the team make similar gains on floor, where the Bears improved from a 48.330 RQS in 2012 to a 49.155 RQS and 49.300 high in 2014. The 2014 squad claimed five floor titles and posted five floor scores of 9.90 or higher. The team matched the program's fourth-highest (49.300) and fifth-highest (49.275) floor scores in program history.
Individually, Crandall-Howell has been crucial in the development of 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Serena Leong, helping her to the third-highest beam score (9.90) and second-highest floor score (9.925) in program history, feats less than 10 Cal gymnasts have been able to accomplish. Jessica Howe wrapped up her freshman season with four beam titles and set a career-high 9.90 on the event alongside Leong.
Prior to her time at Cal, Crandall-Howell coached at the collegiate and club levels and spent six years as a member of the U.S. national team after which she was a student-athlete at BYU.
Just one of 16 active international brevet judging officials in the U.S., Crandall-Howell has judged each of the last three Olympic trials - including the 2012 trials in San Jose. From 2001-09, she was an official for U.S. Championships, and from 2006-07, she was the U.S. Apparatus Chairperson for uneven bars.
A seven-time U.S. National Team member from 1987-92, Crandall-Howell boasts a multitude of domestic and international accolades, travelling to Japan, Russia, Belgium, and Germany to represent the US. Most notably in 1991, she took home a gold medal at the USA Championships on uneven bars. Further, she also finished fourth on vault and eighth in the all-around. She was also a member of the silver medal winning team at the 1991 World Championships. Additionally, she finished 11th in the all-around at the 1992 Olympic trials. She medaled at the 1988 U.S. Championships on uneven bars and floor exercise, taking second in the all-around.
A full athletic scholarship student-athlete at Brigham Young University, Crandall-Howell was a two-time first-team All-American on the uneven bars. She helped the Cougars qualify to three NCAA Championships from 1994-96 and qualified on the individual level in 1993. In three of her four years in Provo, Utah, Crandall-Howell was the NCAA Regional uneven bars champion. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health promotion.
As the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) director and team coach at Airborne Gymnastics since 2007, Crandall-Howell directed and developed the USA TOPs program for the 6-11-year-olds, and coached four national TOPS team members and four Diamond National Team members. In her time with Airborne, she has had 13 Junior Olympic national qualifiers, 12 Western national qualifiers and coached over 20 athletes that went onto NCAA scholarships.
Crandall-Howell was also the lead Zumba instructor at the Rhythm Attic Dance Studio. She has also served as a choreographer for almost two decades. Crandall-Howell served as the head coach and team director of the International Gymnastics Centre from 2004-06, in which time it produced two Junior Olympic national qualifiers, three Western national qualifiers and two state level 10 all-around champions.
Crandall-Howell was the head coach and team director of Woodland Gymnastics from 1998-2003. During that time (2001-03), she also served as an assistant coach for the Sacramento State collegiate women's gymnastics team. She also served as a U.S. National Team mentor, guiding 2000 Olympic team member and UCLA All-American Kristen Maloney.
She is married to Justin Howell, and they have three children - Jacob, Noah and Greyson.
assistant_coach Holly Thomas
Holly Thomas, a veteran on the California club coaching scene, joined the Cal women's gymnastics program as an assistant coach in June 2016. A three-year letterwinner at UC Davis during her...View Holly Thomas's Bio ⟩
Holly Thomas, a veteran on the California club coaching scene, joined the Cal women's gymnastics program as an assistant coach in June 2016.
A three-year letterwinner at UC Davis during her collegiate career, Thomas coached gymnastics since the age of 16 at prominent clubs throughout the Northern California area, including Byers, Pozsar’s and GymStars. She was most recently the team director and head coach of GymStars Gymnastics in Modesto, Calif., a role that she served from 2004-2011.
Thomas was already familiar with the Cal gymnastics brand as she worked as the Bears’ Northern California sales representative for GK Elite Sportswear, an industry leader in leotards and gymnastics apparel, since 2011.
She attended UC Davis as a student-athlete from 1994-97, where she competed on beam and floor in every single meet of her career. She was the first gymnast in program history to score a 9.90 on floor, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1997. She earned a multiple subject teaching credential from Sac State in 2001, and taught kindergarten from 1999 to 2007.
Thomas and her husband Jamie have a son, Jacob, and daughter, Paige.
2017 CAMP SESSIONS
Session I: June 30th-July 3rd
Session II: July 5th-8th
Camper Check-in: 8:30AM
Closing Ceremony: 12:30PM
Camp Hours: 9AM-4PM
Coach Liz will be offering her services to help campers clean up their current floor routine or help choreograph a new routine. These options are merely add-ons to the camp day, before or after a camp day or during lunch. The clean up routine option, about an hour, is $200 and choreographing a new routine, about two hours, is $450.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. Campers will be evaluated and split up into smaller groups according to age and ability and instruction will be tailored to each level's needs.
Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance. There are several options that we suggest. There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online (see below).
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
For those traveling in from out of town and need a place to stay near camp, see the recommended list below.
- Hotel Durant (Please call 510-845-8981 to reserve your room)
- Hotel Shattuck Plaza (Please call 510-845-7300 to reserve your room)
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Berkeley (Please call 510-548-1700 to reserve your room)
- Double Tree by Hilton Berkeley Marina (Please call 510-548-7920 to reserve your room)
- Berkeley City Club (Please call 510-848-7800 to reserve your room)
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30 AM Check-in
- 9:00 AM Warm-up
- 9:30 AM Rotation #1
- 10:15 AM Rotation #2
- 11:00 AM Rotation #3
- 11:45 AM Rotation #4
- 12:30 PM Lunch
- 1:30 PM Rotation #5
- 2:15 PM Rotation #6
- 3:00 PM Free time (gymnasts will choose which event they want to work on)
- 3:30 PM Conditioning and stretching
- 4:00 PM Wrap-up and dismissal
The Golden Bear Recreation Center is a 10,000 square foot facility on the UC Berkeley campus that is also home to the Cal Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Teams.
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This camp will build confidence in your abilities.
My daughter went with a friend and they were able to workout together, meet others and most importantly build confidence in their abilities. Thank you!
— Kris N. Parent
My daughter had a wonderful time.
My daughter had a wonderful time learning from the coaches and meeting other gymnasts. It would be fun for the girls to stay in the dorms and have an overnight experience.
— Elizabeth H. Parent
I liked meeting new gymnasts and working with the coaches.
I liked being at the school with some of my teammates, meeting new gymnasts, working with the coaches, being on the campus.
— Nevaeh D. Camper
The coaching was excellent.
The coaching was excellent and my daughter had fun learning.
— Cythia B. Parent
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