Beverly "Bev" Plocki (born 1964), formerly known as Beverly Fry, 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.
Plocki was an All-American gymnast on the balance beam at the University of Alabama. 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. 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. The Michigan gymnasts improved to 7-15 in Plocki's first season. Plocki's conversion of the Michigan gymnastics program received a major boost when she succeeded in recruiting Toledo, Ohio, native Beth Wymer to Michigan. 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." 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. 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.
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. In 1993, Plocki's squad made its first appearance in the NCAA championships and finished ninth. In 1994, Michigan finished fourth in the NCAA championship and improved to No. 2 in 1995. 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. 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.
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