Ashley Johnson, Alabama gymnastics coach, shares the Power of Pink lesson

Since Sarah Patterson, former Alabama gymnastics coach, coached the first Power of Pink meeting in 2005, no former Crimson Tide gymnast has been the head coach at the annual breast cancer awareness meeting. This week, Ashley Johnston will be the first.

Alabama (2-2, 1-2 SEC) hosts Auburn (3-3, 1-1) on Friday (6:30 p.m. SEC Network) at the Coleman Coliseum.

“It’s a remarkable feeling,” Johnston said. “I can remember when I competed here. Sarah Patterson was a championship-level head coach at this point, but she was known as the Power of Pink Lady. She started this movement.”

Johnston competed for Alabama Gymnastics from 2009 to 2012, winning two SEC championships and two national championships. She cited Patterson as an inspiration not only for her coaching career but also for the Power of Pink reunion.