Jamile “Jay” Ashmore was one of the most successful gymnasts in the history of Florida State athletics. He competed from 1954-75 and led the Seminoles to the 1955 AAU National Championship.
Ashmore, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from FSU in 1957, was the NCAA floor exercise gold medal winner at the 1956 National Championship held at UNC Chapel Hill. He won the Florida & Georgia Championship competition in free exercise, rings and tumbling while at Florida State, and was the Southern Intercollegiate Champion in tumbling and free exercise.
Ashmore’s competitive career extended past his days at FSU as he won National AAU gold medals in free exercise (1959 & 61) and rings (1959), while earning All-America honors in both 1959 and 1961. He was the Pan American Rings Champion in 1959 and 1963.
After his competing career was over, Ashmore became a nationally recognized gymnastics coach serving as an assistant coach at Illinois and the U.S. Military Academy and as the head coach at the University of Texas.
In 1993, Ashmore was elected to the United States Gymnastic Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Federation of International Gymnastics Executive Committee in 1996, where he serves on the Hall of Fame Committee.