FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas assistant gymnastics coach Rose McLaughlin announced today she is stepping down from her position with the Gym’Backs to continue her preparation to pass the Arkansas state bar. "I have genuinely appreciated the chance to serve as assistant gymnastics coach at Arkansas for the pass two years," McLaughlin said. "I now hope to find new opportunities that will combine my background in both law and athletics." McLaughlin came to Arkansas in 2004 after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Arizona. While at Arizona, McLaughlin earned her J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law in December 2002. McLaughlin competed in collegiate gymnastics at George Washington University before transferring to Arizona where she completed her bachelor of science degree in biology in May 1998. "We’re sorry to see Rose leave, and we wish her the very best in her future," said co-head coach Mark Cook. "She was a great addition to this program. I want to thank her for her contributions and we’ll miss her." While at Arkansas, McLaughlin assisted the Gym’Backs in many facets in the gym including floor and beam as well as choreography and music selection. In addition, McLaughlin handled the team travel and assisted with recruiting for Arkansas.