Illinois Fighting Illini men's gymnastics

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Illinois Fighting Illini men's gymnastics
Founded: 1898
Illinois Fighting Illini men's gymnastics athletic logo

University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Big Ten
Location Champaign, IL
Head Coach Justin Spring (5th year)
Home Arena Huff Hall
(Capacity: 3,800)
Known As Fighting Illini
Colors Blue and Orange

             

National Championships
1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1989, 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
44 total
Conference Champions
1935, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team represents the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and competes in the Big Ten Conference. The Fighting Illini have been invited to 44 NCAA tournaments and have won 10 team NCAA championships, which is second most all-time only to Penn State Nittany Lions' 12 team titles. Additionally, the Fighting Illini have won an all-time record 53 individual NCAA titles.[1]

The Illini hold their competitions at George Huff Hall on the Champaign side of campus, and the team trains and holds practices at the Kenney Gym on the Urbana side of campus.[2]

History[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

Illinois Coaches since 1930
Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
NCAA Titles
Dr. Hartley Price 1930–1948* 150-41* 62-31* 4 4
Charlie Pond 1949–1973 319-152-1 116-59 11 4
Yoshi Hayasaki 1974–1993
1996-2009
762-444-2 132-80 6 1
Don Osborne 1994-1996 47-58 7-9
Justin Spring 2010–Present 87-23-1 29-11-1 3 1
Totals 1365-728-4 378-239-1 24 10

All-time record against current NCAA teams[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage
Air Force 11 1 0 .917
Army 12 0 0 1.000
California 16 15 0 .516
Illinois-Chicago 63 16 0 .797
Iowa 139 78 0 .641
Michigan 116 79 1 .594
Minnesota 143 91 0 .611
Navy 5 0 0 1.000
Nebraska 28 23 0 .549
Ohio State 97 71 1 .577
Oklahoma 8 35 0 .186
Penn State 30 50 0 .375
Stanford 15 17 0 .469
Temple 19 2 0 .905
William & Mary 3 0 0 1.000
Totals 705 478 2 .596

Players[edit]

NCAA individual event champions[edit]

Illinois has had gymnasts win a record 53 NCAA individual championships.[3]

  • 1938: Joseph Giallombardo - All-Around
  • 1938: Joseph Giallombardo - Tumbling
  • 1938: Joseph Giallombardo - Flying Rings
  • 1939: Joseph Giallombardo - All-Around
  • 1939: Joseph Giallombardo - Tumbling
  • 1939: Marvin Forman - Long Horse
  • 1940: Paul Fina - All-Around
  • 1940: Harry Koehnemann - Side Horse
  • 1940: Joseph Giallombardo - Tumbling
  • 1940: Joseph Giallombardo - All-Around
  • 1941: Caton Cobb - Side Horse
  • 1941: Caton Cobb - Parallel Bars
  • 1941: Jack Adkins - Tumbling
  • 1942: Caton Cobb - Side Horse
  • 1948: Gay Hughes - Trampoline
  • 1948: Joe Calvetti - High Bar
  • 1950: Irving Bedard - Tumbling
  • 1952: Frank Bare - Side Horse
  • 1952: Bob Sullivan -Tumbling
  • 1953: Bob Sullivan - Floor Exercise
  • 1954: Dick Browning - Tumbling
  • 1956: Don Tonry - All-Around
  • 1956: Dan Lirot - Tumbling
  • 1957: Frank Hailand - Tumbling
  • 1957: Abie Grossfeld - High Bar
  • 1957: John Davis - Side Horse
  • 1958: Abie Grossfeld - High Bar
  • 1958: Abie Grossfeld - All-Around
  • 1958: Abie Grossfeld - Floor Exercise
  • 1958: Frank Hailand - Tumbling
  • 1959: Don Tonry - Floor Exercise
  • 1960: Alvin Barasch - Tumbling
  • 1960: Ray Hadley - Floor Exercise
  • 1962: Mike Aufrecht - Side Horse
  • 1963: Hal Holmes - Tumbling
  • 1969: John McCarthy - Long Horse
  • 1980: Dave Stoldt - Pommel Horse
  • 1984: Charles Lakes - High Bar
  • 1998: Travis Romagnoli - All-Around
  • 1998: Travis Romagnoli - Vault
  • 2004: Bob Rogers - Pommel Horse
  • 2004: Justin Spring - High Bar
  • 2005: Justin Spring - Parallel Bars
  • 2006: Justin Spring - Parallel Bars
  • 2006: Justin Spring - High Bar
  • 2008: Paul Ruggeri - High Bar
  • 2009: Paul Ruggeri - High Bar, Parallel Bars
  • 2009: Daniel Ribeiro - Pommel Horse
  • 2011: Tyler Mizoguchi - Parallel Bars
  • 2011: Daniel Ribeiro - Pommel Horse
  • 2012: C .J . Maestas - Still Rings
  • 2012: Paul Ruggeri - Vault
  • 2013: Fred Hartville - Vault
  • 2014: Jordan Valdez - High Bar

Nissen Emery Award[edit]

The Nissen-Emery Award is annually awarded to the best overall male senior collegiate gymnast in the United States. The award recipient must not only excel athletically as a gymnast, but also must display outstanding sportsmanship and scholarship throughout his collegiate career.[4] The award was created in 1966 and is men's gymnastics' equivalent to college football's Heisman Trophy.

  • 1989: David Zeddies
  • 2006: Justin Spring
  • 2010: Luke Stannard
  • 2012: Paul Ruggeri

Nissen Emery Finalists[4]

  • 1980: Butch Zunich
  • 1981: Steve Lechner
  • 1986: Joe Ledvora
  • 1988: Tigran Mkchyan
  • 1989: David Zeddies
  • 1993: Ricardo Cheriel
  • 1995: Brian Kobylinski
  • 1998: Jon Corbitt
  • 1999: Kyle Zak
  • 2000: Travis Romagnoli
  • 2001: Leo Oka
  • 2002: J.G. Ketchen
  • 2004: Bob Rogers
  • 2005: Ben Newman
  • 2006: Justin Spring
  • 2008: Wes Haagensen
  • 2010: Luke Stannard
  • 2011: Danial Ribeiro
  • 2012: Paul Ruggeri
  • 2013: Yoshi Mori

Illinois Olympians[edit]

References[edit]