Gymnastics is Lauren Alberts’ baby, but she is about to have another.
The head coach at Camas High School is scheduled to give birth to her second child around Christmas, a boy. She was pregnant with her first son Ryan when she came on board as an assistant coach four years ago. Now that she is the full-time head coach, with another baby on the way, Alberts feels her life has come full circle.
“I’m happy to be in the place I want to be,” she said. “As long as gymnastics is here, I want to be a part of Camas. I want to coach these girls.
“I’ll be back after Christmas break with all my children in tow,” Alberts added. “I only plan to be gone for about four or five days. I can’t be out of the gym that long.”
Alberts grabs the reigns of Papermaker gymnastics after former co-head coach Jennifer McDonnell stepped down to work on a nursing degree while still teaching full time in the school district. Alberts said McDonnell came to the first practices to teach the girls choreography. She also expects to get a call from Alberts on meet days with questions on how to run them more smoothly.
“Jen misses this so much. She did it for so long, and we miss her dearly,” Alberts said. “She’s still a very big part of this. We’re all very proud to carry on her legacy.”