Kristen Smyth


Three Time All-American, Cal Athletics Hall of Fame, NCAA Coach of the Year, Mentored Olympic and National Caliber Scholar Athletes for 21 years

“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”

I poured my heart, my body, my mind and my spirit into a sport I fell in love with when I was six years old. I dedicated my entire life to gymnastics. As an athlete I loved the high I received when I flew through the air. To fly, to flip, to twist, to go upside down, land on your feet and do that over and over again was exhilarating.

When I finished collegiate gymnastics at the University of California Berkeley, I started to dance professionally always finding that I was at home when I was using my body as a vehicle for expression.

When I found my calling at the age of 26 to coach collegiate gymnastics at Arizona State and then Stanford University I found a career that I absolutely loved. Working with college aged students, high achievers and competitive athletes was my passion.

I spent 21 years in a career that I cared deeply about while raising three young children. It was extremely rewarding but all encompassing. It entailed running high energy, disciplined workouts, recruiting all over the country, traveling, competitions and facilitating team retreats.

As the years wore on I was beginning to breakdown. The hours, the intensity, the highs, the lows and the needs of this generation took its toll.

Each year made it harder and harder to find that balance – that sweet spot where you know you’re thriving not just surviving, living your best life, giving everything that you have and also getting filled up in return.

With the illness of my mother and my children aging I began to feel the strain.

And then everything changed and I had to let go – this was painful. In 2015, I lost my mom after a tough battle with lung cancer. In 2017,

I left my job, and then months later I lost my dad to cancer. Through these losses I found strength and resilience.

I was able to breathe again and heal. I was able to be present. I was able to find joy and gratitude and I was given the gift of time.

I am here today to help you find that sweet spot in the recruiting journey.  The team that will be just the right fit for you.  

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