Formerly an Alaska Anchorage opponent as a competitor and coach at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals UC Davis and Sacramento State, Tanya Ho took over the reins of the UAA program for the 2018 season, becoming just the second head coach in 34 years of Seawolf Gymnastics history.
In her first season, Ho helped an injury-laden UAA squad make improvements throughout the campaign, posting season-high totals in the last three meets. In addition to outstanding seasons for senior Kendra Daniels and sophomore all-arounder Mackenzie Miller, the Seawolves produced the program’s first MPSF Freshman of the Year in all-arounder Isabelle Fox, and fellow rookie Hope Nelson tied the program record with a 9.713 bars average.
Ho came north after helping guide Sacramento State to a pair of MPSF team titles from 2013-17. Working under head coaches Kim Hughes and Randy Solorio, her tenure produced 11 NCAA Regional individual qualifiers, 47 academic all-conference honorees, and the MPSF individual all-around champion in 2016.
As the Hornets’ balance beam coach from 2013-15 and their uneven bars coach from 2016-17, she also directly mentored 2017 MPSF bars champion Caitlin Soliwoda, 2016 NCAA Regional bars qualifier Cassie Benning, 2014 MPSF beam champion Elideth Guerrero, and three NCAA Regional beam qualifiers.
In 2016, she was voted by her peers as the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year, and later that year was inducted into the UC Davis Hall of Fame.
The Elk Grove, California, native was the first gymnast in Aggies history to qualify three straight years for NCAA Regionals and the second to reach the regional meet as an all-arounder in back-to-back years. The 2010 MPSF Gymnast of the Year as a senior, she finished with 13 career all-conference awards, nine MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors, and became the third gymnast in program history to crack the 39-point barrier when she won the MPSF individual all-around title in 2008.
Ho graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with her bachelor of science in exercise biology and served as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater for two seasons before joining the staff at Sacramento State.
Illinois native Alina Cartwright returns to the Seawolf staff for her second season in 2018 and her first as the program's top assistant coach.
In her first season at UAA, she helped the Seawolves twice break the program's team record on balance beam, and coached individual beam record-breakers Kendra Daniels and MPSF beam co-champion Sophia Hyderally.
After completing her competitive career at Michigan State in 2015, Cartwright served as a student assistant for the Spartans in 2016, helping the team qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Cartwright was a 4-year letterwinner at MSU, where she earned First Team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a junior in 2014. She sprung a career-high all-around of 39.125 in 2013 and was a member of the Spartans' 2012 squad that qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Originally from Naperville, Ill., she is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School and earned her bachelor's degree in advertising from MSU in 2016.
Former Alaska Anchorage standout Marie-Sophie Boggasch rejoins the Seawolves for her second season as a graduate assistant coach in 2019-20.
In her first year on the staff, UAA produced the top season in program history, setting 17 school records, including bars, beam, floor and overall average and NQS marks.
A four-year letterwinner (2013-16), the native of Schwarzenbach am Wald, Germany, competed on vault, bars and floor exercise for UAA, helping the Seawolves break school records for team season average and RQS as both a junior and senior. A three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic Team honoree, she tied for runner-up on uneven bars at the 2015 MPSF Championships.
Boggasch graduated from UAA with a 4.00 grade-point average in 2016, earning her bachelor’s degree in aviation technology. Now a professional pilot, she flies seasonally for Regal Air. Boggasch is currently pursuing a master of science degree in interdisciplinary studies at UAA. After completing her competitive career at Michigan State in 2015, Cartwright served as a student assistant for the Spartans in 2016, helping the team qualify for the NCAA Championships.