Ball State had never employed a full time assistant gymnastics coach, that is until it hired Chris Bogantes on Thursday.

It was the first time in Ball State history that the program has received that level of support. Bogantes will work directly under gymnastics head coach Nadalie Walsh.

"We are very excited to be able to hire a fulltime assistant coach," Walsh said in a press release. "It shows a great commitment on behalf of Ball State to advance our program forward. We are in the process of upgrading our practice facility, and that will also be a great addition to the program. We are looking forward to Chris [Bogantes] being a very valuable member of the Ball State gymnastics family."

Bogantes was an assistant coach at Texas Woman's Universiy during the 2010-11 season.

Ball State finished last season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference.

"I am very excited to be joining the Ball State gymnastics staff," Bogantes said in the press release. "Coach Walsh and I have very similar coaching styles and I think that will help us achieve the goals we have set for this program."

Bogantes coached three members of the USA National Team in his career.