Bev Plocki

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Beverly "Bev" Plocki (born 1964), formerly known as Beverly Fry,[1] is an American gymnastics coach. In 22 years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines women’s gymnastics team (1990-2011), her teams have a record of 417-110-1 and have on 18 Big Ten Conference championships, and advanced to 13 straight NCAA championship tournaments from 1993-2005.

Biography[edit]

Plocki was an All-American gymnast on the balance beam at the University of Alabama.[1] She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Virginia University while studying for a master's degree. Plocki applied for an open coaching spot at the University of Michigan at age 23 and got the job.[1] When she took over at the University of Michigan, the women's gymnastics team was at a low point, having gone 0-13 and finished in last place in the conference in 1989 and having compiled a 1-10 record in 1988.[2] The Michigan gymnasts improved to 7-15 in Plocki's first season.[1] Plocki's conversion of the Michigan gymnastics program received a major boost when she succeeded in recruiting Toledo, Ohio, native Beth Wymer to Michigan.[1] In recruiting Wymer, Plocki told her: "You can go to one of the three dominant schools (Utah, Georgia or Alabama) and be another All-America on their list of All-Americas. Or, you can come to Michigan and be the first All-America."[2] Since then, Plocki has had All-Americans every year. Plocki gives Wymer credit for helping to build the Michigan gymnastics program: "I don't know where we would be today if she hadn't made the decision to come to Michigan. Her being here allowed us to recruit a completely different level of athlete.[1] It is monumental what she did for this program." In 2001, Plocki landed another blue-chip recruit when Elise Ray, captain of the 2000 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team committed to Michigan.[1]

In 1992, Plocki led the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship. Michigan went on to win six straight Big Ten championships starting in 1992 and also became one of the top teams in the NCAA championships.[2] In 1993, Plocki's squad made its first appearance in the NCAA championships and finished ninth.[2] In 1994, Michigan finished fourth in the NCAA championship and improved to No. 2 in 1995.[1] In 1997, Michigan's gymnasts won a sixth straight Big Ten championship, won all five events, and finished 1-2-3 in the all-around.[3] After missing the Big Ten championship in 1998, Plocki's teams started a new streak of seven straight conference titles in 1999. The 1999 team also finished No. 2 at the NCAA championship.[4]

In all, Michigan won 15 of 17 Big Ten championships between 1992 and 2008.[5] Plocki's teams also advanced to the NCAA championships 16 straight seasons between 1993 and 2008.[6][7]

Coaching record[edit]

Season[8] Overall Record Big Ten Record Big Ten rank NCAA Tournament
1989–90 7-15 2-10 6 --
1990–91 13-12 9-5 3 --
1991–92 20-3 11-0 1 --
1992–93 25-3 9-1 1 9
1993–94 27-1 13-0 1 4
1994–95 24-2 12-0 1 2 (tie)
1995–96 21-6 10-3 1 6
1996–97 20-5 9-0 1 4
1997–98 15-6 8-2 2 8
1998–99 19-4 10-1 1 2
1999–00 22-5 9-0 1 6
2000-01 15-7 9-0 1 3
2001-02 25-3 11-0 1 7
2002-03 17-6 9-1 1 5
2003-04 14-6 8-1 1 5
2004-05 22-2 13-0 1 5
2005-06 15-5-1 7-3 4 --
2006-07 17-5-1 8-2 1 6
2007-08 24-1 9-0 1 8
2008-09 21-7 10-0 1 --
All seasons 383-104-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Corey Roepken (2006-04-20). "Plocki enjoys fruits of her labor". Ann Arbor News. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jo-Ann Barnas (1997-04-16). "Worst to Best: U-M Gymnasts Set Sights on NCAA Title". Detroit Free Press. 
  3. ^ Jo-Ann Barnas (1997-04-04). "U-M's Cain Floors Competition as a Freshman". Detroit Free Press. 
  4. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (2000-04-13). "Gymnasts vying for U-M's first women's title". The Detroit News. 
  5. ^ "U-M gymnasts seek to extend Big Ten dynasty". Ann Arbor News. 2006-03-20. 
  6. ^ Antoine Pitts (2007-01-08). "U-M gymnasts aim for 15th bid to NCAA meet". Ann Arbor News. 
  7. ^ Antoine Pitts (2008-04-24). "U-M gymnasts have depth, balance". Ann Arbor News. 
  8. ^ "U of M Women's Gymnastics". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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