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Boomer Sooner

2014 Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2014 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2014 Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 National Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 America’s Elite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 National Prestige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 America’s Best Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Student-Athlete Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Academic Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Boomer Sooner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 University of Oklahoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Norman/Oklahoma City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

2014 Season Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

2014 OU men’s Gymnastics Guide The 2014 Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics Guide was designed and produced by the OU Athletics Communications Department in Norman, Okla., using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.

guide design and writing

Jordan Christiansen

2013 SEASON REVIEW

Season Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

THE SOONERS

Head Coach Mark Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Assistant Coach Guard Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Assistant Coach Norimasa Iwai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Gymnast Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Support Staff/Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

HISTORY

Program Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 National Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Conference Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 All-time Lettermen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Photography

Ty Russell, Party Pics, Charlie Healy and OU Athletics Communications archives

cover design

Kiley Mathews

Publication ADVISOR

Jared Thompson

soonersports.com

Visit the official website of University of Oklahoma athletics for the latest news, features, statistics, meet previews and event recaps.

social media

Search OU_MGymnastics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at OU men’s gymnastics.


OKLAHOMA

8-TIME NCAA CHAMPIONS 7 RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS DANNY BERARDINI, PB (2x) PRESTEN ELLSWORTH, VT ETHAN JOSE, HB KANJI OYAMA, FX MICHAEL REID, PH ALEC ROBIN, AA-VT-HB MICHAEL SQUIRES, SR

2x DEFENDING MPSF CHAMPIONS

20 OVERALL CONFERENCE TITLES


A SOONERS 1 RETURNING NATIONAL CHAMPION MICHAEL SQUIRES, STILL RINGS

5 RETURNING MPSF CHAMPIONS WILLIAM CLEMENT, HB PRESTEN ELLSWORTH, PB SERGEY RESNICK, PH ALEC ROBIN, VT MICHAEL SQUIRES, SR

13 STRAIGHT Top-3 NCAA FINISHES

5-time NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR HEAD COACH MARK WILLIAMS


UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S GYMNASTICS

2014 QUICK FACTS

General Information

Location............................................ Norman, Okla. Enrollment..................................................... 30,753 Founded............................................................ 1890 President........................................... David L. Boren VP/Athletics Director.........................Joe Castiglione Nickname..................................................... Sooners Colors..........................................Crimson & Cream Conference..... Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Arena...................................McCasland Field House Capacity........................................................... 2,500

Team Information

2013 Overall Record..........................................26-3 2013 High Score.......................................... 441.500 MPSF Finish...................................................... First NCAA Finish.................................................Second All-Americans Returning/Lost..............................7/2

Coaching Staff

Head Coach.......................................Mark Williams Year........................................................ 15th Season Alma Mater.......................................Nebraska, 1980 Record at OU...................................... 348-33 (.913) Career Record...................................................Same Assistant Coach.................................... Guard Young Year.......................................................... 8th Season Assistant Coach...................................Norimasa Iwai Year.......................................................... 3rd Season Men’s Gymnastics Office Phone....... (405) 325-8349 Men’s Gymnastics Office Fax............ (405) 325-7485

social media

For behind-the-scenes updates and information about the Sooners, search OU_MGymnastics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Athletics Communications

Men’s Gymnastics Contact......... Jordan Christiansen Email...............................................jordanc@ou.edu Phone.......................................... O: (405) 325-8413 ................................................... C: (801) 717-5217 Fax................................................... (405) 325-7623

SoonerSports.com

For the latest information on OU men’s gymnastics, including stats, standings, notes, photos, video and bios, visit the official website of Oklahoma Athletics at www.SoonerSports.com.

Practice Policy

Practices are held at the Sam Viersen Center, directly north and across Imhoff Street from the Lloyd Noble Center. Practices are typically open to the media; however, those who wish to attend must obtain clearance through prior to the start of practice. Practice generally runs from noon to 4 p.m. The best time to conduct interviews is immediately following practice.

Credential Requests

Media credentials for home contests at the Lloyd Noble Center should be requested no later than one day prior to the event. Credentials will be issued to working media only. All requests should be directed to Jordan Christiansen in the Athletics Communications Office at (405) 325-8413 or by email to jordanc@ou.edu.

Post-Meet Information

Post-meet press conferences will take place on the meet floor following the 10-minute cooling off period.

Media Interviews

Non-post meet interview requests for athletes and coaches must be arranged through Jordan Christiansen in the Athletics Communications Office. All requests should be submitted at least one day in advance of the desired interview time.

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2014 MEDIA GUIDE

MICHAEL 2013 STILL RINGS DATE OPPONENT

SQUIRES NATIONAL CHAMPION LOCATION

TIME

Sat., Jan. 11 Rocky Mountain Open ^ Colorado Springs, Colo.

7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 18 Air Force NORMAN

5 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 25 Minnesota, UIC Minneapolis, Minn.

1 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1 Iowa NORMAN

5 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 8 Stanford NORMAN

5 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 15 Metroplex Challenge *

7 p.m.

Fort Worth, Texas

Thu., Feb. 20 Winter Cup Las Vegas, Nev.

7 p.m.

Sun. March 9 Nebraska NORMAN

4 p.m.

Sat., March 15

3 p.m.

Ohio State, Temple Columbus, Ohio

Sat., March 29 MPSF Championships NORMAN

4 p.m.

Thu., April 10 NCAA Qualifier Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA Fri., April 11 NCAA Team Finals Ann Arbor, Mich.

6 p.m.

Sat., April 12 NCAA Event Finals Ann Arbor, Mich.

6 p.m.

All times Central ^ vs. Air Force, Nebraska, Arizona State Club, Washington Club * vs. Stanford, Texas A&M Club, Texas Club

2014 SCHEDULE

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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S GYMNASTICS

2014 SOONERS Name

Ht. Yr. Events

Hometown

Club

Dylan Akers

5-9

JR All-Around Houston, Texas Cypress

Danny Berardini

5-8

JR All-Around Lake Forest, Ill. Buffalo Grove

Allan Bower

5-8

FR All-Around Chandler, Ariz.

William Clement

5-10

JR All-Around San Jose, Calif. California Sports

Presten Ellsworth

5-10 SR

Lee Grogan

5-9

FR All-Around

Thao Hoang

5-3

FR

FX, SR, V, PB Berlin, Germany Sportclub Berlin

Ethan Jose

5-7

JR

PB, SR, HB

Kanji Oyama

5-6 SO All-Around Huntington Beach, Calif. SCATS

Alex Powarzynski

5-7

FR All-Around Menifee, Calif. SCATS

Stanton Rehkemper

5-7

JR

FX, HB

Plano, Texas World Olympic

Michael Reid

5-6

JR

PH, PB

Killeen, Texas Crenshaw Athletic

Sergey Resnick

5-4

JR

PH, PB Houston, Texas Houston

Reese Rickett

5-5

FR SR Tomball, Texas Cypress

Alec Robin

5-6

JR All-Around Calabasas, Calif. Victory

Jacoby Rubin

5-3

JR All-Around Chicago, Ill. Buffalo Grove

Michael Squires

5-2

JR SR Edmond, Okla.

Colin Van Wicklen

5-7

FR All-Around Magnolia, Texas Cypress

Raymond White

5-4 SR

Xtreem

FX, SR, V, PB Allen, Texas WOGA Paragould, Ark. Champion Fremont, Calif. West Coast Olympic

Oklahoma Gold

FX, V, PH Austin, Texas Crenshaw

coaching staff Head Coach: Mark Williams - 15th Year Assistant Coach: Guard Young - 8th Year Assistant Coach: Norimasa Iwai - 3rd Year

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2014 MEDIA GUIDE

DYLAN AKERS

DANNY BERARDINI

ALLAN BOWER

WILLIAM CLEMENT

PRESTEN ELLSWORTH

LEE GROGAN

THAO HOANG

ETHAN JOSE

KANJI OYAMA

ALEX POWARZYNSKI

SOPHOMORE

freshman

STANTON REHKEMPER

MICHAEL REID

SERGEY RESNICK

REESE RICKETT

ALEC ROBIN

JACOBY RUBIN

MICHAEL SQUIRES

COLIN VAN WICKLEN

RAYMOND WHITE

JUNIOR

freshman

JUNIOR

JUNIOR

JUNIOR

freshman

JUNIOR

JUNIOR

freshman

JUNIOR

JUNIOR

freshman

JUNIOR

freshman

SENIOR

JUNIOR

SENIOR

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NATIONAL C

8

2006

1977

ncaa team titles

1978

1991


CHAMPIONS

38

ncaa individual titles

2008

2002

2005

2003


AMERICA 4

U.S.A. SUMMER OLYMPIANS bart conner

2-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST 3-TIME World MEDALIST

JONATHAN HORTON

OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST

chris brooks

2012 Olympics world bronze medalist

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U.S

SENIOR N TEAM M


A’S ELITE

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S.A.

NATIONAL MEMBERS

8

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM MEMBERS jake dalton

2012 OLYMPICS 2-time world medalist

steven legendre

2012 OLYMPICS 2-time world medalist

guard young

OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST

ALEX NADDOUR

2012 Olympics world bronze medalist


NATIONAL 7

ALL-TIME

nissen-emery awardEES

PAST WINNERS STEVEN LEGENDRE JONATHAN HORTON DANIEL FURNEY TODD BISHOP DANIEL FINK JARROD HANKS BART CONNER

2011 2008 2003 1999 1998 1991 1981


PRESTIGE 240

ALL-AMERICA HONORS IN OU HISTORY

8 OR MORE

ALL-AMERICANS EVERY YEAR SINCE 2001

9.8 ALL-AMERICA HONORS

PER YEAR UNDER WILLIAMS


THE NATION’S B


BEST FACILITIES SAM VIERSEN CENTER

A state-of-the-art 7,000 square-foot addition and a complete overhaul of the existing Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center was finalized in the spring of 2010, ensuring that the home of Oklahoma Gymnastics remains one of the nation’s premier collegiate training facilities. Funded entirely by private donations without the use of any state or university appropriated funds, the project included a complete renovation of the current gym, locker rooms, sports medicine training rooms and the awards recognition room. A new storage area, a reconfiguration of foam and resi pits and an outdoor patio also highlight the renovation. Parking was also added on the North end of the facility. Along with the existing structure that bared its name, the Viersen Family Foundation provided an additional commitment to help fund the latest renovation. “The facility has increased our competitiveness and our ability to bring in the best and brightest student-athletes as we continue our run of championships,” said OU men’s gymnastics head coach Mark Williams. One of only a handful of freestanding, coed college gyms in the country, the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center is located just north of the Lloyd Noble Center.


STUDENT-AT

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THLETE LIFE Headington Hall Terms such as “game changer” and “stateof-the-art” have been used to describe the University of Oklahoma’s new housing center, and one look at the facility confirms that both are accurate. The facility houses 49 percent studentathletes and 51 percent students who are not athletes. The facility boasts housing for 380 students in two- and four-bedroom units. Amenities include a game room, a media lounge, common areas, study rooms, a 75seat theatre and the Sam Bradford Training Table, among numerous other features and creature comforts. The $75 million project was privately financed by OU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tim Headington, a former OU student-athlete, gave a $10 million gift to benefit the project. Two former OU football players also donated to support the construction Headington Hall. Adrian Peterson, All-America running back who played at OU from 2004 through 2006, pledged $1 million to OU Athletics with $500,000 dedicated to the project, the largest financial gift ever given to OU Athletics from a former Sooners football player. Former All-American quarterback and 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam17 Bradford gave $500,000 toward the facility.


ACADEMIC skill development

A comprehensive tutoring program of approximately 60 tutors provides one-to-one and small-group instruction. Studentathletes are assisted with study skills, problem-solving techniques and specific course material. Athletic Student Life Office counselors may recommend tutors or a student-athlete may request one independently. The Study Skills Center provides student-athletes with assistance in college reading strategies and individual instruction for reading improvement. Meanwhile, the Thompson Writing Center offers a dynamic, positive atmosphere to help student-athletes generate ideas and strategies for writing assignments. Consultants help student-athletes organize papers, review grammatical basics, develop proofreading and library research skills, and design resumes. A learning specialist also regularly conducts time management and study skills workshops. Understanding computers and having access to them on a regular basis are essential to today’s successful student. The two Athletic Computer Centers, also located in the Prentice Gautt Academic Center, provide student-athletes with computer knowledge and access. The Athletic Computer Centers are open six days a week with extended hours offered during peak times. The Kerr Foundation Foreign Language Center was established to assist student-athletes with speaking, listening, reading and writing in different languages. The Center, coordinated by a Modern Languages department instructor, offers a top-notch multimedia environment for all foreign language instruction. Realizing the increasing role mathematics plays in society today, the Prentice Gautt Academic Center aims to help all student-athletes achieve an understanding of math and related topics in their course work. The Mathematics Center offers regular instruction for student-athletes placed in preparatory mathematics courses and tutorial consultation in all math and statistics courses. At OU, non-athletic career preparation is enhanced through workshops in resume development, job search strategies, interviewing skills and graduate school preparation assistance. The Sooner Career Program is dedicated to educating studentathletes about the world of work and providing a transition from college athletics to their first careers. The program includes the OU Career Fair, seminars, opportunities for summer internships in various fields, an employment referral service and mentorship opportunities for graduating student-athletes. Effective communication well is an essential skill in successful personal and professional interaction for OU student athletes. The OU Communications Center offers training for effective oral communication and media relations. A working media conference room featuring a stage and modern audio-visual systems is available in a state-of-the-art communications center.

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EXCELLENCE counseling

Student-athletes receive caring, professional support from Dr. Gerald Gurney and his staff at all levels. This support may take several forms, including career choice, academic or personal decisions. Four professional athletic academic counselors are present to help student-athletes through the educational process. Approximately one counselor per 100 student-athletes is available to assist the student-athletes with planning class schedules, choosing degree programs and setting personal and academic goals. Course attendance and course performance are checked a minimum of four times per semester for each student-athlete participating in the intercollegiate athletic program. The personal health and nutritional needs of student-athletes are monitored by the OU Sports Medicine staff of physicians and certified athletic trainers. The Jefferson Dining Hall makes every effort to accommodate the special dietary requirements of OU student-athletes.

life skills and more

OU is a member of the NCAA’s Life Skills Program and is dedicated to contributing to the growth and development of student-athletes through academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, community service and career development. The OU Athletic Student Life program places special emphasis upon recognition of outstanding academic performances by student-athletes. Scholar-athletes with a 3.0 GPA and above are recognized each semester at halftime of a football or men’s basketball game. An awards banquet is held in the Spring to recognize scholar-athletes and special award winners. Graduating student-athletes receive recognition prior to OU’s graduation ceremonies in May at a reception. Each is given an “O” ring, representing their athletic participation and graduation from the University of Oklahoma. All scholarship student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility within eight semesters may receive an additional year of financial aid within a six-year period. Student-athlete leaders from each sport comprise the StudentAthlete Advisory Board, which aims to improve communication with the Athletics Department and University administration regarding student-athletes’ needs and concerns. The StudentAthlete Advisory Board developed a community outreach partnership with the Oklahoma Youth Center, a local residential facility for physically, mentally and sexually abused children. The board also designs programs that encourage excellence in academics and social responsibility and serve to represent student-athletes on campus-wide committees.

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OKLAHOMA TRADITIONS The University of Oklahoma has a long and storied history. The rich tradition has given birth to some of the most recognized pageantry in all of college athletics. Here is a look at the origin of some of the elements that create the wonderful atmosphere so unique to OU: sOONERS College sports fans are hard-pressed to find a nickname that is as unique and as tied in to a state’s history as a Sooner. The University of Oklahoma is the only school known as Sooners and those who claim that they are Sooners say it with pride. The Oklahoma Territory opened with the Land Run of 1889. Settlers from across the globe, seeking free land, made their way to the prairies of the plains to stake their claim. One of the few rules to claiming a lot of land was that all participants were to start at the same time, on the boom of a cannon. All settlers who started then were labeled as “Boomers” and the ones who went early were called “Sooners.” OU athletic teams were called either Rough Riders or Boomers for 10 years before the current Sooner nickname emerged in 1908. The university actually derived its name from a pep club called “The Sooner Rooters.”

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BOOMER

BOOMER SOONER One of the most recognizable college fight songs in the country, Boomer Sooner immediately evokes enthusiasm from OU fans and sends chills down the spines of those who dare to oppose them. In 1905, Arthur M. Alden, a student in history and physiology whose father was a Norman jeweler, wrote the lyrics to the fight song, borrowing the tune from Yale University’s Boola Boola but improvising the words. A year later, an addition was made to it from North Carolina’s I’m a Tarheel Born and the two combined to form today’s university fight song. Though the tune was first made known by Yale, the everlasting success of Sooner squads has taken the melody of Boomer Sooner to national popularity. Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, OK U! Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, OK U! I’m a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die, I’ll be Sooner dead Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma Rah Oklahoma, OK U!

MASCOTS The Sooner Schooner is a Conestoga, or covered wagon, reminiscent of the mode of travel used by pioneers who settled Oklahoma. The Schooner is powered by matching white ponies named Boomer and Sooner, and it ventures onto Owen Field in a triumphant victory ride after OU scores. Although the Schooner was introduced in 1964, it did not become the official mascot until 1980. The Schooner is well-recognized by college athletics fans across the country and makes regular appearances at university functions. During OU football and baseball games from 1915-1928, Mex the Dog wore a red sweater with a letter “O” on the side. Mex died of old age on April 30, 1928, and he was so popular among students and faculty that the university closed for his funeral and procession on May 2, 1928.

In the fall of 2005, the OU Athletics Deparment introduced costumed mascots. The new characters will act as an extension of the Sooner Schooner and its horses to be enjoyed by fans -especially children -- at all OU athletics contests. The costumes feature traditional collegiate gear as part of their regular uniform, but will don team uniforms for football and men’s and women’s basketball. They were voted “Most Collegiate” by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA).


SOONER

CRIMSON AND CREAM In the fall of 1895, Miss May Overstreet, the only woman on the faculty, was asked to chair a committee to select the colors of the university. The committee decided the colors should be crimson and cream and an elaborate display of the colors was draped above a platform before the student body. The student body approved with great enthusiasm and immediately pennants, banners, badges and decorations of every description appeared on the streets, in the windows, at chapel, in classrooms, and all public places; however, local merchants could not supply the demand. Even though the school colors have evolved to red and white over the years, you can ask any self-respecting Sooner what the colors are and they will proudly announce “Crimson and Cream.”

PRIDE OF OKLAHOMA The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band has been supporting Sooner Spirit for more than a century. Unlike many other college bands, which began as military drill units, the Pride of Oklahoma had its beginnings as a pep band. Today, the 300-member Pride of Oklahoma has members representing virtually every college and major on campus. The Pride of Oklahoma stands for excellence in musicianship, academics, school spirit, and commitment to our role in the surrounding community.

Boomer Sooner rings out at the end of each rehearsal, and that song is the defining element of the University of Oklahoma. Maybe that is why Sooner fans love the band so much. Not much can compare to the first “go-go” at a football game when the Pride of Oklahoma marches the interlocking OU down the field playing Boomer Sooner.

OU CHANT Every fan who wears the official colors, each current student and student-athlete and all OU alumni are encouraged to stand and raise one finger in the air during the playing of the OU Chant -- a symbolic gesture that shows those who do not know what it means to be a Sooner, the greatness of the university and the unity between all Sooners. The Chant was written in 1936 by Jessie Lone Clarkson Gilkey, who directed the OU girl’s glee club from 1936 to 1938 and was voted Outstanding Faculty Woman in 1937. O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A Our chant rolls on and on! Thousands strong Join heart and song In alma mater’s praise Of campus beautiful by day and night Of colors proudly gleaming Red and White ‘Neath a western sky OU’s chant will never die. Live on University!

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UNIVERSITY O OU ranks No. 1 in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled.

OU has achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest tier of research activity classIFIcation.

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OU’s Campaign for Scholarships has reached more than $230 million, enabling OU to more than double its private scholarships.


OF OKLAHOMA The Princeton Review ranks OU among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students.

OU HAS RECEIVED more than $2 billion in gifts and pledges since 1994.

OU has produced 29 Rhodes Scholars. no other university in Oklahoma has had more than three.


CITY OF NORMAN

In the last five years alone, Norman has served as host of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship, an NCAA men’s golf regional, NCAA softball regionals, NCAA men’s and women’s gymnastics regionals, NCAA women’s tennis regionals, NCAA track and field regional and the NCAA women’s basketball regionals. In addition, the Since the Oklahoma landrush of 1889, Norman has Big 12 Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Track and grown into a popular and smart city. The spirit of Norman Field, Wrestling, Women’s Golf, and Women’s Gymnastics and its citizens is unwavering and uncompromising. Championships were held in Norman. While other towns were clamoring to become the state capital, Norman residents desired to have the first state Cultural activities are unlimited in Norman, making it the university. When the first OU president got off the train ideal backdrop for the University of Oklahoma. As home and saw a prairie, he saw opportunity. to people of all ethnic and educational backgrounds, the city has something to offer everyone. Norman is home to As home to the state’s premier educational institution, a variety of enriching events and attractions, including Norman boasts an excellent quality of life and is a the Sooner Theater, which hosts a series of entertaining city that thrives on and celebrates the diversity of its theatrical performances produced by locally-based community. talent and touring companies. Legendary University of Oklahoma football coach The Medieval Fair has become a springtime tradition in Barry Switzer called Norman “a university town with a Norman as people from around the country converge championship spirit.” Norman continually exhibits its on the city for one weekend each April to partake in a love for sports by hosting numerous local and national fascinating look back in time. Each year, an area park is athletic events. transformed into a festival of sights, sounds and tastes straight from the Middle Ages. Knights joust, jesters Norman is an ever-changing city of nearly 100,000 residents. Located in the heart of the state, it has grown to become the third largest city in Oklahoma. Despite its continuous growth, it has maintained the spirit and serenity of a small close-knit community.

entertain and story tellers spin tales of a magical time in history. The $44 million Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, a state-of-the-art facility designed to display a collection of historical and natural science items that trace the southwest’s development since prehistoric times, opened in May 2000. History buffs will also enjoy the Cleveland Country Historical House which holds exhibits relating to the development of this area of the state. For art enthusiasts, the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center houses permanent collections, nationally and world-renowned traveling exhibits as well as a yearly student art show. The museum has recently added the Weitzenhoffer Collection of French Impressionist paintings -- the single most important gift of art ever given to a U.S. public university. Maintaining a progressive approach to the future while remembering its history, Norman continues to be a well-balanced community, proud to be the home of the University of Oklahoma.


OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, is located just 18 miles from the Norman campus. It was the first city settled in the Land Run of 1889 because of its position as the center of the state. It is because of this central location that Oklahoma City has become known as the home of America’s Western heritage. Whether adventure, history, culture or sports, Oklahoma City offers a variety of attractions and activities different from any other place in the country. Oklahoma City was born on the afternoon of April 22, 1889, when the central portion of what is now Oklahoma was opened to settlement by presidential proclamation. Thousands crossed the borders of “unassigned lands” at the sound of gunfire at high noon. Never before or since has such a “run” occurred anywhere on the earth.

By the time the dust had settled on that historic day, many people had staked their claim at “Oklahoma Station,” an area which was destined to become Oklahoma City, a leading city in America. In 1911,

Oklahoma City officially became the capital after a statewide election moved the state seal from Guthrie.

Oklahoma City has become a haven for exciting sports action. It is home of an NBA team, two semi-professional sports teams and the host of the NCAA Women College Softball World Series and Big 12 Softball Championship. The Oklahoma RedHawks, 1996 American Association champions (then named the Oklahoma City 89ers), are the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team plays in the 13,066-seat AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, one of the plushest venues in all of minor league sports. The ballpark served as host to a 2004 NCAA baseball regional and the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Big 12 Baseball Championships. Hockey mania runs rampant with the recent success of the Central Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Blazers. The Blazers won the CHL crown in 1996 and are yearly one of the league’s best teams. In addition, the city has hosted numerous PGA and Senior PGA Tour events.


UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S GYMNASTICS

SEASON PREVIEW

Character. Commitment. Confidence. These three words serve as the mantra for Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, a team that has proved itself one of the most consistent programs of any sport in the nation. Entering his 15th year at the helm of the Sooners, head coach Mark Williams has his 2014 squad’s sights set on excellence. “Our goal is going to be to compete and win the conference and national championships,” Williams said. “In order to do that I feel like in the regular season we have to establish a fairly consistent pattern of competing well.” The Sooners will look to earn their 21st conference championship and 12th under Williams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) after cruising to the conference title last season. OU went on to finish second at the NCAA Championships, earning its 13th-straight top-three finish after coming up just short to Michigan in the team finals. The Wolverines and Sooners will likely again battle for the title this season and are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in the preseason coaches poll. “We’re looking at a team that needs to score 440 points or more if we expect to be in the hunt and keep up with Michigan,” Williams predicted. “There are things we’ll learn along the way and hopefully add more difficulty as season goes on in order to do so.”

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OU will certainly not be without weapons. Oklahoma returns seven All-Americans to the lineup, including the 2013 still rings national champion, Michael Squires, and Alec Robin, a three-time All-American in the all-around, vault and high bar. 8-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 1977 1978 1991 2002 2003 2005 2006 2008


2014 MEDIA GUIDE Joining this team this season are six freshmen including “I think these are guys that are very interested in following Allan Bower, Lee Grogan, Thao Hoang, Alex Powarzynski, the plan that we give them and understand the process,” Reese Rickett and Colin Van Wicklen. Williams said. “I think they all understand what we’re trying to do this year and they understand the challenges, On floor, OU will look to sophomore All-American Kanji particularly competing against the defending national Oyama and veteran senior Raymond White. Freshman champion on their home floor. We’ll need to work harder Colin Van Wicklen, a two-time U.S. Junior National than anyone else to upset them in April.” Team member who took seventh on floor at the 2013 P&G Championships, will also look to contribute. OU beings its season on the road at Air Force in the annual Rocky Mountain Open, an event the Sooners have White will also add experience on pommel horse and will won each of the last 14 seasons. be joined by junior returning All-American Michael Reid. Reid competed on pommel in 11 of OU’s 12 meets last The Sooners will host their home opener on Saturday, Jan. season with a career high score of 15.400. 18, against Air Force and will host additional home meets against Iowa on Feb. 1 before hosting Stanford on Feb. 8, In 2013, Squires won Oklahoma’s first rings title since in a battle of two top-five teams. Jonathan Horton in 2008, taking first at the individual event championships for the program’s fifth still rings OU will also host Nebraska on March 9 on Senior Day, title. A former walk-on, Squires has added to his routine then will play host to the MPSF Championships on and is looking for a repeat performance. March 29 in the hopes of taking its third consecutive conference title. Individual and season tickets to all home The Sooners return two vault All-Americans in Robin meets can be purchased here. and Presten Ellsworth while on parallel bars another AllAmerican, Danny Berardini, will challenge for a national Owners of eight national titles, Oklahoma will strive for title. number nine when the season concludes at the NCAA Championships on the campus of the University of Rounding out the events, Ethan Jose and Robin each Michigan from April 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. claimed All-America honors on high bar while Will Clement is the reigining MPSF champion in the event.

PRESTEN ELLSWORTH 2013 MPSF GYMNAST OF THE YEAR

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Dylan Akers

Kanji Oyama

Academic All-Big 12 First Team

All-American - Floor Exercise

Danny Berardini

Stanton Rehkemper

All-American - Parallel Bars Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

Academic All-Big 12 First Team

William Clement

All-American - Pommel Horse

MPSF Champion - High Bar

All-American - Still Rings

Sergey Resnick

Head Coach Mark Williams

MPSF Champion - Pommel Horse

Ethan Jose

All-American - All-Around All-American - Vault All-American - High Bar MPSF Champion - Vault Academic All-Big 12 First Team

All-American - High Bar Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Chris Stehl

Michael Reid

Presten Ellsworth

MPSF Gymnast of the Year MPSF Champion - Parallel Bars Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Michael Squires

National Champion - Still Rings All-American - Still Rings MPSF Champion - Still Rings

Alec Robin

MPSF Coach of the Year Regional Coach of the Year

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Alec Robin (13)

Floor (5) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 14.900 Feb. 2 at Iowa 15.300 Feb. 16 vs. Minnesota 15.500 Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 15.200 March 3 at Nebraska 15.200 Vault (5) Feb. 2 at Iowa 14.800 March 9 at Michigan 14.750 April 6 MPSF Championship 15.500 April 19 NCAA Qualifer 15.300 April 20 NCAA Finals 15.400 All-Around (3) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 80.950 Feb. 2 at Iowa 85.400 March 3 at Nebraska 86.250

Michael Squires (7)

Still Rings (7) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 15.150 Feb. 16 vs. Minnesota 16.000 Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 15.450 March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.600 April 6 MPSF Championship 15.650 April 19 NCAA Qualifier 15.850 April 20 NCAA Finals 15.800

Danny Berardini (5) Parallel Bars (4)

Jan. 25 Metroplex Challenge 15.250 Feb. 16 vs. Minnesota 15.350 Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 15.200 March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.200

High Bar (1)

Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 14.750

Sergey Resnick (5)

Pommel Horse (3) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 15.100 March 9 at Michigan 14.700 April 6 MPSF Championship 14.500 Parallel Bars (2) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 15.000 Feb. 2 at Iowa 14.800

Stanton Rehkemper (4)

March 3 at Nebraska 14.850 March 9 at Michigan 14.950 March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.200

Michael Reid (4)

Pommel Horse (4) Feb. 2 at Iowa 15.050 Feb. 16 vs. Minnesota 15.100 March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.400 April 20 NCAA Finals 15.150

Presten Ellsworth (3)

Vault (2) Jan. 25 Metroplex Challenge 15.100 March 3 at Nebraska 15.000 Parallel Bars (1) April 6 MPSF Championship 14.800

William Clement (2)

High Bar (2) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 14.300 April 6 MPSF Championship 14.950

Jacoby Rubin (2)

Pommel Horse (1) Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 15.150 All-Around (1) Feb. 23 vs. Air Force 86.900

Raymond White (2)

Vault (1) Feb. 2 at Iowa 14.800 Floor (1) March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.350

Josh Yee (2)

Vault (1) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 14.850 Parallel Bars (1) Jan. 12 Rocky Mountain Open 15.000

Troy Nitzky (1)

Still Rings (1) March 3 at Nebraska 15.300

Chris Stehl (1)

Still Rings (1) March 23 vs. Ohio State 15.600

High Bar (4) Feb. 2 at Iowa 14.650

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2013 RESULTS Date Opponent 1/12/12! #3 Oklahoma #9 Nebraska #11 Air Force Arizona State

Total Score 423.500 418.900 405.500 392.300

FX 68.900 70.200 69.750 66.800

PH SR VT 71.750 71.500 72.950 70.400 69.800 72.900 66.900 67.750 72.950 63.950 61.950 70.300

PB 70.500 69.400 66.400 65.350

HB 67.900 66.200 61.750 63.950

1/19/12#

#3 Stanford #4 Oklahoma #6 California #5 Nebraska

437.550 433.450 425.900 421.900

74.850 75.850 74.150 72.500

71.750 70.850 69.700 68.800

73.950 71.250 71.000 69.650

73.050 72.050 72.700 70.600

71.250 71.700 66.050 70.000

72.700 71.750 72.300 70.350

1/25/12% #4 Oklahoma #5 Ohio State #6 Illinois #8 Iowa Texas A&M

441.500 429.400 428.300 422.750 358.300

74.700 74.800 71.900 71.050 62.100

72.850 71.800 69.200 68.450 57.100

74.950 71.800 75.250 74.550 61.850

73.150 73.200 70.900 71.100 63.800

72.850 70.300 69.650 68.900 58.400

73.000 67.500 71.400 68.700 55.050

2/2/12

#4 Oklahoma #8 Iowa

436.550 420.200

73.700 71.550

71.200 65.800

74.050 73.550

73.100 71.900

73.000 70.050

71.500 67.350

2/16/12

#2 Oklahoma #6 Minnesota

443.350 435.450

75.650 74.750

73.750 70.950

76.200 73.600

71.950 73.000

72.200 71.400

73.600 71.750

2/23/12

#3 Oklahoma #12 Air Force

440.300 420.050

74.250 70.100

74.500 69.450

73.300 71.300

72.900 71.700

73.850 71.000

71.500 66.500

3/3/12

#3 Oklahoma #10 Nebraska

435.850 426.350

73.350 71.300

71.650 69.200

74.650 71.400

72.000 72.950

71.700 72.300

72.500 69.200

3/9/12 #3 Oklahoma 432.100 #2 Michigan 431.250

71.750 74.100

69.650 69.900

74.700 76.250

72.800 71.700

70.700 69.600

72.500 69.700

3/23/12

#2 Oklahoma #5 Ohio State

441.250 426.750

75.450 72.400

71.350 67.800

75.500 71.850

73.200 74.350

71.600 70.350

74.150 70.000

4/6/12^

#2 Oklahoma #4 Stanford #9 California #11 Air Force

435.350 425.950 419.550 416.400

73.100 75.450 71.150 69.700

70.650 63.950 67.750 64.200

73.650 71.350 69.350 72.350

74.150 74.450 73.450 72.200

72.050 70.550 67.700 70.000

71.750 70.200 70.150 67.950

#3 Michigan #2 Oklahoma #7 Illinois #6 Minnesota #11 Air Force #10 Nebraska

443.850 433.850 426.900 424.700 417.900 417.550

75.050 74.100 74.150 73.800 70.950 69.900

71.700 70.200 66.200 65.850 67.050 66.450

75.300 74.100 74.350 73.250 71.550 70.600

74.000 73.450 73.200 71.900 71.450 72.300

75.900 71.150 68.800 71.400 69.150 71.000

71.900 70.850 70.200 68.500 67.750 67.300

4/20/12*

#3 Michigan 443.200 #2 Oklahoma 440.100 #4 Stanford 436.150 #1 Penn State 436.100 #8 Iowa 426.450 #7 Illinois 422.550

75.250 73.600 73.500 73.600 71.400 71.450

72.250 71.600 70.100 71.850 67.200 67.900

75.800 75.450 72.650 75.000 74.850 73.850

73.050 74.100 74.000 72.300 71.250 72.200

73.800 72.600 73.700 71.950 71.500 68.200

73.050 72.750 72.200 71.400 70.250 68.950

4/19/12&

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! Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. # Stanford Open in Palo Alto, Calif. % Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas ^ MPSF Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. & NCAA Qualifier in State College, Penn. * NCAA Team Finals in State College, Penn.

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NCAA Final

NCAA Qual. Team NQA

1 Michigan 443.200 443.850 2 Oklahoma 440.100 433.850 3 Stanford 436.150 435.850 4 Penn State 436.100 436.900 5 Iowa 426.450 426.550 6 Illinois 422.550 426.900 7 California 426.450 8 Minnesota 424.700 9 Ohio State 421.950 10 Air Force 417.900 11 Nebraska 417.550 12 Temple 407.800 13 William & Mary 14 Army 15 UIC 16 Navy 17 Springfield 18 Arizona State 19 Brockport

Conf.

437.675 Big 10 438.662 MPSF 432.225 MPSF 442.088 Big 10 426.150 Big 10 429.900 Big 10 424.725 MPSF 430.612 Big 10 431.575 Big 10 422.687 MPSF 423.350 Big 10 413.287 EIGL 416.087 EIGL 410.925 EIGL 408.537 EIGL 404.862 EIGL 404.575 EIGL 404.350 Club 184.500 Club

Ave

High

436.261 446.150 436.320 443.350 429.82 438.600 439.160 447.850 423.740 428.450 428.970 438.600 422.156 428.650 427.245 435.450 431.956 439.200 417.831 431.250 422.772 427.700 408.695 421.300 413.790 420.500 409.875 416.100 403.258 412.550 402.840 407.300 402.450 413.100 402.071 414.900 231.283 320.550

DANNY BERARDINI 2-time All-AMERICAN

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HEAD COACH M NCAA HONORS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008

NCAA NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008

REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2001, 2012, 2013

MPSF COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013

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3

USA GYMNASTICS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS

5

USA OLYMPIC COACHING APPEARANCES

1994, 2006, 2009

1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COACHING APPEARANCES

1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S GYMNASTICS

MARK WILLIAMS HEAD COACH 15th Season 348-33 (.913)

With three NCAA Championships already in the books, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program was no stranger to success prior to head coach Mark Williams’ arrival. However, Williams has established OU as the nation’s elite program with five national titles in the past 12 years, claiming crowns in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and most recently in 2008. Williams was named the head coach at Oklahoma in 2000 and has positioned the program as a national contender every year with an overall mark of 348-33 (.913) in 14 seasons. In addition to the five national titles, the Sooners have recorded six national runner-up finishes under Williams and other gaudy numbers that include 25 individual national champions, 146 AllAmerica honors, 11 conference team championships, 46 individual conference titles and three Nissen Emery Award winners (Steven Legendre in 2011, Jonathan Horton in 2008 and Daniel Furney in 2003), presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast. With a roster that included 13 freshman and sophomores, the Sooners collectied their 20th conference title in 2013. In a year where many predicted OU’s incredible run of 12 straight top-three finishes to come to an end, Williams led the Sooners to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma earned nine All-America honors and Michael Squires became the first

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Sooner to win a national title on rings since 2008. Five different OU gymnasts won conference titles, the most in one year in program history. Williams was named the MPSF Coach of the Year and the West Region Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Oklahoma collected its 10th conference title in 2012 along with its 10th top-two finish since 2001 by claiming second at the NCAA Championship. Jake Dalton became the first gymnast in OU history to earn All-America honors on six events in one season while claiming NCAA titles on all-around and parallel bars. Dalton also won conference titles on all-around, parallel bars, high bar and rings. Williams was named the MPSF Coach of the Year along with the Coach of the Year for the West Region. Williams was named the assistant coach of Team USA at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Of the six gymnasts in the American lineup, four were Sooners. Team USA featured current Sooner Jake Dalton along with letterwinners Jonathan Horton, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour. The United States earned bronze at the international event and qualified as a country to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Sooners saw continued success in 2011 with senior Steven Legendre being the program’s seventh Nissen-Emery Award winner. OU also added three individual NCAA Champions (Jake Dalton; floor and vault, Alex Naddour;

Williams’ CareeR RESULTS Yr. Record Conference Nat’l 2013 26-3 MPSF (1st) 2nd 2012 26-3 MPSF (1st) 2nd 2011 26-2 MPSF (2nd) 2nd 2010 24-4 MPSF (1st) 3rd 2009 23-3 MPSF (2nd) 3rd 2008 28-1 MPSF (1st) 1st 2007 26-4 MPSF (1st) 2nd 2006 31-0 MPSF (1st) 1st 2005 21-2 MPSF (1st) 1st 2004 24-4 MPSF (2nd) 2nd 2003 26-0 MPSF (1st) 1st 2002 28-1 MPSF (1st) 1st 2001 24-2 MPSF (1st) 2nd 2000 15-4 MPSF (1st) 4th Total 348-33 (.913) pommel horse) and 12 All-Americans to its extensive list of accomplishments. The team was runner-up in the team final, which marks the four time under Williams that the Sooners have finished in second. Oklahoma finished the 2010 season as the MPSF champions and third place finishers at the NCAA National Championships. Legendre captured an individual national title on floor. Naddour claimed the pommel national title, while the Sooners earned 11 more AllAmerican honors. Half of Team USA at the 2010 World Championships was represented by the Sooner program. Legendre, Horton and

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2014 MEDIA GUIDE Chris Brooks competed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Horton won the bronze medal in the all-around, while Brooks and Legendre finish in the top eight in high bar and floor, respectively. In 2009, Legendre won national titles in the all-around, floor exercise and vault. The Sooners finished third and for the second year in a row claimed 11 All-America honors. Oklahoma would also represent half of the USA men’s gymnastics’ team that would compete at the 2009 World Championships. The two of the three Sooners would make the event finals on floor (Legendre) and high bar (Horton). The 2008 Sooners won the eighth national title in the program’s history while Horton won an individual national title on still rings and Legendre won national titles on the floor exercise and vault. In addition to Horton and Legendre who combined for six All-America honors, OU posted the second highest total All-America honors in the nation with 11. In 2008, Horton won the silver medal in the men’s high bar finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. It was the second medal for Horton, as he help guide the U.S. Gymnastics Team to a bronze medal. In 2004, Williams was again on the world scene, where he helped guide Guard Young, then an OU assistant coach, to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Young had been coached by Williams since he was 11 years old and, at the age of 27, Young achieved his goal of competing for the U.S. at the Olympics with Williams at his side. Not only did Young compete in the games, but his performance helped the team earn silver, the first team medal for the U.S. since 1984.

Olympic Selection Committee. He also served as a personal coach on the U.S. team which competed at the 2001, 2002 World Championships and the Chinichi Cup. Williams’ vast experience has been recognized at the highest levels of the sport, one of the most notable was when he was asked to serve as the assistant coach for Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Games. In July of 1999, Williams was head coach of the USA’s Pan American Games Team which claimed the silver medal. He coached at both the 1994 and 1995 World Championships, as well as the 1987 Junior International, 1991-92 DTB Cups, 1991 World University Games and 2000 International Team Cup. Williams was also named to the Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame in 2009. As a gymnast, assistant coach or head coach, Williams has been a part of eight NCAA Championship teams. A high school standout from La Grange Park, Ill., he went on to compete at Nebraska (1977-1980). He received All-America honors on the high bar (1978) in addition to the two national championship titles he earned with his team (1979, 1980). He then helped the Cornhuskers to another title in 1981 as a graduate assistant coach. Ten years later, Williams was on the coaching staff that produced OU’s third National Championship in 1991. Williams graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/English and completed his master’s degree in journalism at OU with a 4.0. Williams married his wife, Susan, in May 1998. The couple welcomed their son, Cooper, in 2007.

In his 29 years as a professional gymnastics coach, Williams has guided gymnasts to the Olympic, World Championship, Pan American Games and University Games teams. He has also coached numerous senior and junior U.S. national team members. In addition to his coaching prowess, Williams is a nationally and internationally certified judge. He served as the vice president for the U.S. Men’s Elite Coaches Association, as a member of the Men’s Program Committee for USA Gymnastics (USAG) and on the USAG Board of Directors. Williams was a member of the 2000

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GUARD YOUNG Assistant coach ninth season

Former Olympian Guard Young has been an assistant coach at OU since June 2011. A 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Young previously served as an assistant coach for the Sooners from 2000 to 2005. Young brings an impressive resume to Norman. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Young was a six-time AllAmerican and two-time NCAA vault champion (1999-2000). He was also the NCAA all-around runner-up in 2000. During his previous tenure at OU, Young helped lead the Sooners to three NCAA National Championship titles (2002, 2003 and 2005) and he looks forward to adding on to the program’s rich tradition during his second stint. While coaching at OU, Young was mentored by Williams and earned his way onto the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. In Athens, Greece, Young was the first American to compete in both team competitions at the Summer Games and helped the Americans win silver, the first team Olympic medal since 1984.

YOUNG’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist 10-Time USA National Team Member 2002 World Championship Team Six-Time All-American 2005 NCAA Team Championship 2003 NCAA Team Championship 2002 NCAA Team Championship 2000 NCAA Vault Champion 1999 USA Vault Champion 1999 NCAA Vault Champion

In addition to his Olympic appearance, Young was a 10-time U.S. National Team member and competed for Team U.S.A. in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championships. The American squad claimed silver in 2001. After coaching at OU, Young founded Youngsters, Inc. Gymnastics Academy in Sacramento, Calif. He also directed and coached boys gymnastics at multiple gyms in the Sacramento area. Young’s father, Wayne, was the 1976 Olympic team captain and the head coach of BYU’s men’s gymnastics team from 1979-87. Wayne Young was also Guard’s first coach, at age 10. As a junior gymnast, Young trained under Williams at Oklahoma Gold and Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy. Under Williams’ guidance, Young was the 1996 junior national champion and earned three junior national team berths.

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Young graduated from BYU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He was inducted into BYU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

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NORIMASA IWAI Assistant coach THIRD season

University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams continued to bolster the international success of OU's program by naming former Japanese Olympian Norimasa Iwai (pronounced "Nor-ee-mah-sa Ee-why") an assistant coach in September 2011. Iwai competed as both an individual and as the captain of the Japanese National Team in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Iwai captained the Japanese National Team to a fourth place team finish in Sydney, Australia, at the 2000 Olympics while finishing seventh individually on the still rings. A year later, he competed for Japan at the 2001 World Championship and took home gold on the rings at the 2001 East Asia Games.

IWAI’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2001 East Asia Games Gold Medalist 2001 World Championships Team Member 2000 Captain of Japanese Olympic Team 2000 Olympics - Seventh Place on Still Rings Personal coach of Raj Bhavsar, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist 2013 NCAA Team Second Place 2013 NCAA Team Second Place

With the addition of Iwai to the Sooner staff, OU now has two former Olympians as assistant coaches. Guard Young, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist for Team USA, joined the coaching staff in June. At OU, Iwai has helped the Sooners to two NCAA second place finishes and two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships. He has coached Sooners to three individual NCAA titles, 21 All-America citations and nine individual conference titles. Iwai has also built up experience of coaching gymnasts at the Gymnastics Network and Swan Gymnastics Club in Japan and recently at the Houston Gymnastics Academy. As a personal coach, Iwai guided United States gymnast Raj Bhavsar, who claimed a bronze medal in team competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Iwai has also been a personal coach for gymnasts in the 2007 Swiss Cup and 2010 Toyota Cup. A native of Gunma, Japan, Iwai graduated with a degree in physical education from Nihon University in Tokyo. He and his wife, Akko, have two children: Mumo and Jun.

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DYLAN AKERS JUnior HOUSTON, Texas KINGWOOD HS CYpress academy

FX PH

14.950

SR

14.250

VT

14.900

PB

Finished 12th in the all-around finals of the NCAA Championships and third among freshmen ... finished in ninth on floor exercise in the NCAA Championships event finals with a 14.900, just .05 points shy of All-America honors ... claimed his first all-around title of his career with an 83.100 against Minnesota and Ohio State ... collected his first collegiate high bar title against Air Force and Nebraska with a 14.650 along with a career-best vault score of 14.850 ... scored a 86.700 in his collegiate all-around debut against California and Stanford was his highest AA score of the year ... had two of the Sooners’ top three pommel horse scores of the season with a 14.950 against Stanford and a 14.900 at the team qualifier of the NCAA Championships ... competed in all 12 of OU’s meets ... scored a career-high 15.300 on floor against Minnesota and Ohio State ... earned career-best scores on rings (14.250) and high bar (14.800) at the MPSF Championship ... secured a careerhigh 14.750 on parallel bars against Iowa.

14.750

HB

2012

15.300

14.800

AA

Competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets in 2013 … Academic All-Big 12 First Team … MPSF Scholar-Athlete … CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Posted a career-high 14.900 on vault against Air Force … scored a season-high 15.100 on floor against Ohio State … notched a season best 14.500 on parallel bars against Air Force … secured a season-high 14.450 on pommel horse at the Metroplex Challenge … earned a 14.100 on high bar for a season high at Iowa

CAREER HIGHS

2013

86.700

Club/High School Competed at Cypress Academy of Gymnastics ... coached by Tom Meadows ... attended Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas ... three-time Junior National Team member ... represented the United States in international competitions in Australia, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico ... claimed first place on pommel horse in the junior division of the 2009 Visa Championships ... fifth place finisher on pommel horse at the 2010 and 2011 Visa Championships ... competed with Jacob Dalton on Team USA at the Pan American Championships, taking first place as a team.

Personal Full name is Dylan Taylor Akers ... born in Houston, Texas ... son of Coy and Pauline Akers ... has an older brother, Jacob, and an older sister, Caitlin ... majoring in English.

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DANNY BERARDINI Junior lake forest, ill. lake forest hs buffalo grove gymnastics

SUMMER 2013

FX PH SR

14.350

VT

Became OU’s first freshman All-American on parallel bars since Taqiy AbdullahSimmons in 2005 with a 14.950 and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships event finals ... claimed his first collegiate p-bars title with a 14.950 against Iowa ... scored over a 15 on parallel bars in the MPSF Championship, NCAA Team Qualifier and NCAA Team Finals ... earned a career-best 15.150 on p-bars in the team qualifier of the NCAA Championship ... competed in all 12 of OU’s meets ... scored a career-high 14.350 on rings against Iowa ... earned career-best scores on floor (12.600) and vault (14.400) at the Rocky Mountain Open.

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14.400

PB

2012

12.600

15.350

HB

Earned his second-straight All-American honors on parallel bars with a 14.850 and a fifth-place finish in the event finals at the NCAA Championship … Academic AllBig 12 Second Team … MPSF Scholar-Athlete … claimed five event titles, tied for the third-highest total on the team … earned his first collegiate high bar title with a 14.750 against Air Force … posted parallel bar titles four times, including a career high 15.350 against Minnesota … was the only Sooner to compete on parallel bars in all 12 of OU’s meets … notched a career high 15.050 on high bar vs. Minnesota … tied a career best score of 14.400 on vault at the Stanford Open.

15.050

AA

2013

CAREER HIGHS

Took eighth place on high bar at the U.S. Qualifier.

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Club/High School Competed at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center ... coached by Kelly Crumley, the father of OU gymnast Chad Crumley ... claimed fourth place on still rings in the junior division of the 2011 Visa Championships ... finished in fourth place on high bar, fifth place on still rings and 11th place in all-around in the junior division of the 2009 Visa Championships ... took 11th place in all-around and fifth place on parallel bars and still rings at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships.

Personal Full name is Daniel James Berardini ... born in Lake Forest, Ill. ... son of Don and Terri Berardini... has three older brothers: Mike, Nick and Kevin ... older brother Nick played basketball for the University of Missouri ... older brother Kevin played on the Illinois basketball team ... majoring in sports management.

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WILLIAM CLEMENT junior san jose, calif. valley christian HS california sports center

SUMMER 2013

FX

Personal

PH

Competed at California Sports Center ... coached by Scott Burns ... attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. ... participated in the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Region 1 team member in 2010 and 2011 ... finished in 27th place in the all-around and 11th on high bar at the 2010 Junior National Championships.

SR

Club/High School

14.900

VT

Was the only Sooner to compete on high bar in all 12 of OU’s meets in 2012 ... finished third on high bar at the MPSF Championships with a 14.450 ... scored a career-high 14.700 on high bar against Michigan ... earned career-best scores on pommel horse (13.650) and rings (13.400) against Air Force and Nebraska ... scored a career-high 14.800 on vault against Minnesota and Ohio State.

13.650

14.800

PB

2012

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HB

Scored 14.950 to win the high bar title at the MPSF Championships ... posted a 14.375 on high bar for a ninth-place finish in the event finals at the NCAA Championship … earned two event titles on high bar, the first of his collegiate career at the Rocky Mountain Open … one of three OU gymnasts to compete on high bar in all 12 meets … notched a career-high 15.100 on high bar against Ohio State … posted a career best 14.900 on still rings at the NCAA Qualifier … earned a season high score of 14.550 on vault at Michigan.

15.100

AA

2013

CAREER HIGHS

Competed at the U.S. Qualifier, taking seventh on rings and 10th on high bar.

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Full name is William Carlton Clement ... born in Berkeley, Calif. ... son of Donna Diaz and Carl Clement ... has an older brother, Bryan, and a younger sister, Whitney ... majoring in health and exercise science.

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PRESTEN ELLSWORTH Senior Allen, Texas Allen HS WOGA

FX PH SR

Finished sixth on vault with a score of 15.800 at the Rocky Mountain Open ... Finished in the top-10 on all events scoring a 84.100 in the all-around ... Tied for sixth on parallel bars with a score of 13.500 in win over Minnesota and Team Texas ... Finish seventh on vault (15.500) and high bar (14.400) in win against Cal ... finished seventh on paralell bars (14.500) in win over Penn State and Illinois ... Placed 16th on parallel bars (14.450) at the MPSF Championships ... Competed in the NCAA Team Finals scoring a 14.250 on parallel bars.

VT

2011

14.900 15.800

PB

Named an All-American on vault after taking third place at the NCAA Championships event finals with a season-best 15.200 ... Recorded career highs on rings (14.800) and parallel bars (14.900) against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17 ... Scored a career-high 15.100 on floor at the NCAA Championships team qualifier and against Minnesota and Ohio State ... Earned a career-high 14.500 on pommel horse in the NCAA Championship’s team finals.

14.500

14.950

HB

2012

15.500

14.400

AA

MPSF Gymnast of the Year ... Scored 14.800 at the MPSF Championships to win the parallel bars title ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team … CGA Academic AllAmerica Scholar-Athlete ... Earned three event titles in 2013, two on vault and one on parallel bars for the first event titles of his collegiate career … One of just two Sooners to compete on vault in 11 of OU’s 12 meets, also competed on floor and still rings in every meet … Posted a career high 15.500 on floor at the Stanford Open … Earned a career high score of 14.950 on still rings in the team finals of the NCAA Championship … Notched a career best 14.950 on parallel bars against Air Force … Scored a 15.100 on vault at the Metroplex Challenge for a season high and his first collegiate event title.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

84.100

Club/High School Trained at WOGA ... Coached by Sergei Pakanich ... Attended Allen High School ... Finished seventh in the all-around at J.O. Nationals in 2009.

Personal Born in Allen, Texas ... Son of Mike and Cami Ellsworth ... Has four siblings, brother Brady and sisters Cailee, Stephanie and Ashley ... Also recruited by Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State ... majoring in social sciences

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ETHAN JOSE JUNIOR FREMONT, CALIF. MISSION SAN JOSE HS West coast olympic gymnastics

FX PH

Personal

SR

Competed at West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy ... coached by Vince Miller and Michael Ashe ... attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif. ... selected to the Region 1 Team ... finalist at the Junior Olympic National Championships on parallel bars and rings ... six-time Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier.

13.300

VT

Club/High School

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PB

Sat out the first four meets of the season, but competed in the Sooners’ final eight meets of the year on high ... scored a career-best 14.550 on high bar against Michigan.

14.300

HB

2012

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14.750

AA

Earned his first career All-American honors with a 14.475 on high bar in the event finals at the NCAA Championship … Academic All-Big 12 First Team … MPSF Scholar-Athlete … CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Scored a careerbest 14.750 on high bar against Ohio State … Competed on still rings and parallel bars for the first time in his career with high scores of 14.300 on parallel bars and 13.300 on rings.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

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Full name is Ethan Warner Jose ... born in San Leandro, Calif. ... son of Joe and Diane Jose ... has a younger sister, Megan ... majoring in pre-med/biology.

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KANJI OYAMA Sophomore huntington beach, calif. marina HS SCATS Gymnastics

FX

Originally from Japan ... Speaks fluent Japanese ... Has two brothers and a sister ... majoring in mathematics.

PH

Personal

SR

Trained at SCATS Gymnastics ... Graduated from Marina High School ... Was vault and parallel champion at Regionals in 2012 where he also finished 3rd in all-around ... Finished 10th in the all-around at the 2010 Nationals.

14.100

VT

Club/High School

13.900

14.700

PB

Earned his first career All-American honors on floor with a 14.700 and a sixthplace finish in the event finals at the NCAA Championship … Posted a career high 15.250 on floor at the Stanford Open and again in the team finals of the NCAA Championship … Scored a career best 14.700 on vault and 13.900 on pommel horse in his collegiate debut at the Rocky Mountain Open … Notched a 14.100 on still rings for a career high at the Metroplex Challenge … Competed in nine of OU’s 12 meets in 2013, on floor all nine times and on vault six times.

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HB

2013

15.250

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AA

Qualified for the P&G Championships after finishing 10th at the US Qualifiers, including fourth in the all-around ... at the P&G Championships, finished 18th in the all-around, including a 12th place finish on floor.

CAREER HIGHS

SUMMER 2013

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STANTON REHKEMPER Junior plano, Texas plano senior HS world olympic gymnastics

FX

Full name is Stanton Nicholas Rehkemper ... born in Garland, Texas ... son of Chris and Trina Rehkemper ... has an older brother, Jarod, and a twin sister, Brianna ... is an Eagle Scout ... majoring in health and exercise science.

PH

Personal

SR

Competed at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy ... coached by Yuri Kartsev ... attended Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas ... participated in the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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VT

Club/High School

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PB

Made his collegiate debut with a 13.450 on floor against Iowa on Feb. 25 ... scored career highs on floor (14.200) and high bar (14.400) against Air Force and Nebraska.

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HB

2012

14.200

15.200

AA

Academic All-Big 12 First Team … MPSF Scholar-Athlete … CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Won four event titles on high bar, the first of his collegiate career … Posted a career best 15.200 on high bar against Ohio State … Scored a 14.500 on high bar in the team finals of the NCAA Championship, just 0.050 shy of a spot in the top 10 … Competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets, all on high bar.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

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MICHAEL REID junior killeen, Texas killeen HS crenshaws athletic club

FX

Full name is Michael James Reid ... born in Wurzburg, Germany ... son of Angela Manigault ... majoring in health and exercise science.

PH

Personal

SR

Competed at Crenshaws Athletic Club... coached by Eric Marburger ... attended Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas ... competed in the National Qualifier ... Region 3 team member.

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VT

Club/High School

15.400

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PB

Claimed the pommel horse title at the Rocky Mountain Open with a 14.400 ... notched the Sooners’ top pommel score (15.000) of the year against Ohio State ... scored OU’s fifth-best pommel horse score of the season (14.800) against Stanford ... competed on pommel horse in 11 of OU’s 12 meets.

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HB

2012

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AA

Earned his first career All-American honors with a 14.575 on pommel horse to tie for sixth place in the event finals at the NCAA Championship … Scored a career high 15.400 against Ohio State … Competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets, all on pommel horse.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

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SERGEY RESNICK junior houston, Texas george washington carver HS houston gymnastics

FX

Full name is Sergey Victor Resnick ... Born in Houston, Texas ... Son of Hannah Bilson and Victor Resnick ... Has two older brothers, Erick and Thomas ... Majoring in health and exercise science.

PH

Personal

SR

Competed at Houston Gymnastics Academy ... Coached by current OU assistant Norimasa Iwai ... Region 3 champion in 2011 ... Finished in sixth place on pommel horse and 12th place on parallel bars at Nationals in 2011.

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VT

Club/High School

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PB

Redshirted.

15.100

15.050

HB

2012

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AA

Won the pommel horse title at the MPSF Championships with a 14.500 ... Only Sooner to compete on pommel horse in all 12 of OU’s meets in 2013, also competing on parallel bars in 11 meets … Won five event titles, tied for the third most on the team … Won event titles on pommel horse and parallel bars in his collegiate debut at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12, while his 15.100 on pommel was a career high … Notched a 15.050 on parallel bars for a career best on Jan. 25 at the Metroplex Challenge.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

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ALEC ROBIN JUnior CALABASAS, CALIF. CALABASAS HS victory gymnastics

FX PH

14.750

SR

13.200

VT

15.500

PB

Earned three All-American honors with a fifth-place finish and career high in the all-around (86.650), second on vault (15.325) and sixth-place on high bar (14.700) … Was crowned a conference champion on vault with a career-best 15.500 and finished second in the all-around ... Academic All-Big 12 First Team … MPSF Scholar-Athlete … CGA Academic All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Made his allaround debut in the season opener at the Rocky Mountain Open and won the event, his first of a team-high 13 event titles in 2013 … Posted three all-around event titles and five event titles each on floor and vault … Won the vault event titles at the qualifier (15.300) and team finals (15.400) at the NCAA Championship … Competed in the all-around six times, with each score higher than the last with a final career high of 86.650 at the NCAA Championship’s team finals … Notched a career-high 15.550 on floor at the MPSF Championship … Scored a career highs of 14.850 on high bar and 14.750 on pommel horse against Minnesota … Posted a career best 14.550 on parallel bars vs. Air Force … Recorded a 13.550 in the NCAA team finals for a career high on still rings.

14.550

HB

2013

15.550

14.850

AA

Competed at the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel, leading Team USA to the gold medal ... individually, took first on high bar and second on pommel, vault and the all-around.

CAREER HIGHS

SUMMER 2013

86.650

2012 Earned a career-high 15.050 on floor to tie for sixth at the MPSF Championship on April 7 ... recorded a career-best 14.800 on vault on the road against California and Stanford on Feb. 12 ... scored a career-high 13.100 on pommel horse in a road win over Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24 ... competed on floor in all 12 of the Sooners’ meets along with eight meets on vault and two on pommel horse.

Club/High School Competed at Victory Gymnastics Academy ... coached by Ru-wei Jiang ... four-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics National Championship ... two-time qualifier for the Visa Championships ... three-time member of the Region 1 regional team ... nine-time member of the Southern California State Team.

Personal

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Full name is Alec Thomas Robin ... born in Los Angeles, Calif. ... son of Steve and Tami Robin ... has an older brother, Max, and a younger brother, Jake ... majoring in pre-med/biology and minoring in Spanish and chemistry.

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JACOBY RUBIN JUNIOR CHICAGO, ILL. STEVENSON HS BUffalo grove gymnastics

FX

Full name is Jacoby Bennett Rubin ... born in Chicago, Ill. ... son of Michael and Kelly Rubin ... has an older sister, Samara, and an older brother, Hal ... majoring in human relations.

PH

Personal

SR

Competed at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center ... coached by Leo Krivisky ... attended Stevenson High School in Buffalo Grove, Ill. ... member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010 ... claimed second place in all-around in the junior division of the 2010 Visa Championships.

VT

Club/High School

15.050 14.300

PB

Won three event titles in the 2012 season, the most of any OU freshman ... claimed his first career parallel bars title on March 17 against Air Force and Nebraska with a career-high 14.950 ... won the high bar title against Iowa on Feb. 25 with a careerbest 15.250 ... earned his first collegiate pommel horse title by scoring a career-high 14.800 against Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24 ... earned a career-high 15.000 on rings at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14 ... could not compete in the NCAA Championship after being diagnosed with mononucleosis ... competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets.

15.150

14.950

HB

2012

13.900

15.250

AA

Competed in eight of OU’s first nine meets before being sidelined with an injury before the conference championship meet ... Won two event titles in 2013, in the all-around (86.900) and on pommel horse (15.150), both career highs against Air Force on Feb. 23 … Posted a career high 15.050 on still rings and a season high 15.000 on high bar on Jan. 25 at the Metroplex Challenge … Made his collegiate debut and sole season appearance on vault (14.300) and floor (13.900) against Air Force on Feb. 23.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

86.900

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MICHAEL SQUIRES JUNIOR EDMOND, OKLA. EDMOND NORTH HS OKLAHOMA GOLD

SUMMER 2013

Full name is Michael Taylor Squires ... born in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... son of Ron and Kristen Squires ... has a younger brother, Andrew ... majoring in accounting.

FX

Personal

PH

Competed at Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics ... coached by Josh Grelle, Brandon Cottle and Jamie Henderson ... region 3 Rings Champion in 2011 ... competed in the National Qualifier in 2010 and 2011 ... valedictorian (with distinction) at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla.

SR

Club/High School

16.000

VT

Scored a career-high 15.000 on rings on the road against California and Stanford on Feb. 12 ... scored a 14.700 on rings in the team finals of the 2012 NCAA Championship ... competed on rings in 10 of OU’s 12 meets.

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PB

2012

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HB

Won the national title and was named an All-American on still rings with a 15.775, OU’s first NCAA champion on rings since 2008 … Was crowned a conference champion with a 15.650 on rings at the MPSF Championships on April 6 … Posted a career best 16.000 against Minnesota on Feb. 16, the highest total in the country on rings in 2013 … Won eight event titles, the second most of any OU gymnast and all on rings … Scored higher than a 15.000, his career high after 2012, in 11 of his 12 meets ... Competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets in 2013 in addition to the NCAA event finals.

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AA

2013

CAREER HIGHS

Placed third in the country on rings at the P&G Championships.

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RAYMOND WHITE Senior AUSTIN, Texas john b. connally HS crenshaw athletic club

FX PH SR

Finished sixth on floor (14.400) and fifth on vault (15.800) at the Rocky Mountain Open ... Placed fourth on vault with a score of 15.600 in win over Ohio State ... Finished sixth on pommel horse (13.350) and tied for fifth on vault (15.400) in win over Minnesota and Team Texas ... Placed fifth on pommel horse (14.500) in win at Stanford Open ... Tied for fifth on vault with a career high 15.850 in win against Cal ... Placed fifth on floor (14.600) in win at Michigan ... Placed eighth on pommel horse (14.050) at the MPSF Championships ... Scored a 14.950 and 14.000 on floor and pommel horse, respectively in the NCAA Team Finals

14.050

VT

2011

14.900

15.880

PB

Won three event titles ... took fourth place on floor exercise at the MPSF Championship, scoring a 15.150 ... won the floor title against Minnesota and Ohio State with a career-high 15.500 ... claimed an event title on floor by earning a 15.350 against Air Force and Nebraska ... won the pommel horse title against Iowa with a 14.750 ... scored a career-high 14.900 on pommel against Stanford on ... earned a season high of 15.000 on vault in the NCAA Championship’s team finals ... competed in 10 of the Sooners’ 12 meets.

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HB

2012

15.500

13.400

AA

Finished ninth in the event finals on pommel horse at the NCAA Championship with a 13.650, just one spot shy of All-American status … Scored a career best 15.500 on floor against Minnesota … Notched a season high on vault with a 14.900 vs. Ohio State … Earned a season best 14.700 on pommel horse against Air Force … Competed in all 12 meets for OU, with 11 appearances on floor, 11 on pommel horse in addition to the event finals and 10 on vault.

CAREER HIGHS

2013

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Club/High School Trained at Crenshaw Athletic Club ... Coached by Reed Crowe ... Region Three floor champion ... Placed eighth in the Region Three Finals ... Best finishes at J. O. National were on floor, pommel horse and vault.

Personal Born in Austin, Texas ...Full name is Raymond Gerard White Jr ... Son of the late Raymond Gerard White Sr. and Anita Marie White ... Has one sister ... Also recruited by Nebraska and Michigan ... Majoring in linguistics.

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ALLAN BOWER FRESHMAN CHANDLER, ARIZ. BASHA HS XTREEM GYMNASTICS Club/High School Six-time U.S. Junior National Team member ... Second on parallel bars, third on pommel and seventh in the all-around in the junior division at the 2013 P&G Championships ... sixth in the all-around and fourth on still rings at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championships ... third on pommel and sixth in the all-around in the junior division at the 2012 Visa Championships ... fifth on pommel and seventh in all-around and on floor and parallel bars at the 2011 Visa Championships ... ninth in the all-around in the Level 10 division at the 2011 Junior Olympic Championships ... first in the all-around in Level 9 at the 2009 Junior Olympic Championships.

Personal Parents are David and Jane Bower ... mother was the 1990 Big 8 champion in the all-around at Nebraska ... has participated in gymnastics since he was two years old ... majoring in pre-physical therapy.

LEE GROGAN FRESHMAN PARAGOULD, ARK. GRACE ACADEMY CHAMPION GYMNASTICS Club/High School Took third on vault and ninth in the all-around at the 2013 P&G Championships ... took sixth on vault and ninth in the allaround at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championships ... took fifth on vault at the 2011 Visa Championships ... took first on vault at the 2011 Junior Olympic Championships.

Personal Parents are Bill and Sharon Grogan ... has one brother, Robert ... majoring in pre-occupational therapy.

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THAO HOANG FRESHMAN BERLIN, GERMANY WERNER-SEELENBINDER-SCHULE SPORTCLUB BERLIN Club/High School Member of Sportclub Berlin since 2005 ... member of the German Junior National Team ... traveled to Switzerland, Finland, France and England participating in meets ... took fifth on rings and sixth on floor at the 2013 German National Championships.

Personal Parents are Van Vinh Hoang and Thi Huyen Dinh ... speaks Gerhman, English, Vietnamese and some French.

ALEX POWARZYNSKI FRESHMAN MENIFEE, CALIF. MURRIETA MESA HS SCATS Club/High School Member of the 2013-14 U.S. Junior National Team ... also a member of the 2008-09 Junior National Team ... Took fifth in the all-around and third on high bar at the 2013 P&G Championships ... took fifth in the all-around and third on parallel bars at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championships ... Took second on high bar and ninth in the all-around at the 2012 Visa Championships.

Personal Parents are Kimberly Skaurud and Robert Powarzynski ... majoring in business management.

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REESE RICKETT FRESHMAN TOMBALL, TEXAS TOMBALL HS CYPRESS ACADEMY Club/High School Region 3 team member ... 2011 State and Region 3 champion on rings ... Academic All-American.

Personal Parents are Mike and Sara Rickett ... majoring in business.

COLIN VAN WICKLEN FRESHMAN MAGNOLIA, TEXAS MAGNOLIA WEST HS CYPRESS ACADEMY Club/High School Two-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team ... placed seventh on floor at the 2013 P&G Championships ... was third on floor and fourth in the all-around at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championships ... was first on vault, third on floor and ninth in the all-around at the 2012 Visa Championships ... was first on floor and eighth in the all-around at the 2012 Junior Olympic Championships ... placed first on floor and vault and four on high bar and in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Olympic Championships ... took second on floor at the 2009 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships ... took first on floor at the 2008 Junior Olympic Championships.

Personal Parents are Eddie and Annie Van Wicklen ... has three siblings ... majoring in sports management.

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ALEC ROBIN

3-time All-AMERICAN

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SUPPORT STAFF STEVEN LEGENDRE VOLUNTEER COACH 7th SEASON

SUMMARY After a storied gymnastics career at OU that included being named the 2011 Nissen-Emery Award winner, a team national championship in 2008, six individual national titles and 12 All-American honors, Steven Legendre is in his third season as a volunteer graduate assistant coach for the Sooners. An alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, Legendre recently won a silver medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, the first Worlds individual medal event for Legendre and the first medal on vault for Team USA at a World Championships since another OU great, Bart Conner, earned silver in 1979. Also a member of the World Championships USA team that won a bronze medal in 2011, Legendre has been a U.S. Senior National Team member since 2009.

JAKE DALTON VOLUNTEER COACH 5th SEASON

SUMMARY Jake Dalton is in his second year as a volunteer student assistant coach for the Sooners. Dalton was a four-time NCAA national champion, winning the all-around and parallel bars events in 2012, and the vault and floor exercise events in 2011 during his time at Oklahoma. In his three year career, Dalton earned 13 All-American honors and helped OU win two conference titles, adding eight individual conference titles of his own. On the national scene, Dalton made his Olympic debut in 2012 in London, where he competed in the team and floor exercise finals. He has been a U.S. Senior National Team member since 2009 and has won four U.S. individual titles. Most recently, Dalton claimed a silver medal on floor exercise at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, earning his first individual World Championships medal and the first U.S. men’s floor medal since 2003. Dalton also has a team bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships.

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JOHN DEJULIO TEAM MANAGER 1st SEASON

SUMMARY John DeJulio is in his first season as the team manager. A native of Breckenridge, Colo., DeJulio is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in business. After training as a USAG gymnast at 5280 Gymnastics in Wheat Ridge, Colo., DeJulio was a co-captain on the OU Club gymnastics team the past two years. DeJulio is the son of Ben and Cheryl and has two older siblings along with a twin sister.

PHILLIP HARTOG ATHLETIC TRAINER 3rd SEASON

SUMMARY Phillip Hartog is a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, and is in his third year at OU after working with the team the last two year’s as a graduate student, earning a master’s degree in adult and higher education with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration. Hartog came to OU after earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training at Brigham Young University. In addition to working with the men’s gymnastics team, Hartog was the volunteer athletic trainer for Jake Dalton and Steven Legendre in the summer of 2012 as they trained for the Olympic Games. He also worked with the Kellogg’s Olympic Tour in Oklahoma City. While attending BYU, Hartog worked with various teams, including the football program. Hartog is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and is a licensed member of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainer’s Association.

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SUPPORT STAFF DR. TED BOEHM TEAM PHYSICIAN 4th SEASON

SUMMARY Dr. Ted Boehm enters his fourth season as the primary care physician for men’s gymnastics. Boehm works as a Sports Medicine Physician at the Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedics Institute in Oklahoma City. Boehm also works with OU’s football, women’s gymnastics, rowing and wrestling teams. Boehm treats any illnesses and injuries of his primary care sports’ student athletes at the OU training room or at OU’s Goddard Health Center. Boehm also provides sideline and event coverage during men’s and women’s gymnastics meets, football games and wrestling matches. Boehm, originally from Merced, Calif., earned a bachelor’s degree in health and sport sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 1999, and his medical degree from the OU College of Medicine in 2003.

DR. DAVID HOLDEN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON 13th SEASON

SUMMARY Dr. David Holden, a board certified orthopedic surgeon from the McBride Clinic in Oklahoma City, returns for his 13th year with the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Holden serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and is a member of various professional organizations including the AMA, OSMA, OCMA, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

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LINDY ROBERTS SPORT ADMINISTRATOR 5th SEASON

SUMMARY Lindy Roberts is beginning her fifth season as a sport administrator with the men’s and women’s gymnastics squads. Roberts was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Event Management in 2011. Her job duties include overseeing all aspects of events management and facilities for all 21 OU sports while also serving as liaison and tournament director for all Big 12 and NCAA Championships hosted by the Sooners. A member of the OU Athletics Department since August of 2000, Roberts worked with the women’s basketball team for one season before joining the administrative side of athletics. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999 and earned a graduate degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2002.

eric bailey ACADEMIC ADVISOR 1st SEASON

SUMMARY Eric Bailey is in his first year as the academic advisor for the Sooner men’s gymnastics team. Bailey himself is a former Sooner student-athlete, running track for OU from 2009-11. Bailey was a five-time Indoor All-Big 12 honoree and earned an additional six Outdoor All-Big 12 citations as a hurdle and relay specialist. Bailey was also honored three times as a USTFCCCA Academic All-America, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Bailey went on to earn multiple postgraduate scholarships and worked as a global marketing operations intern for Nike and was an athletics diversity council graduate assistant at OU, graduating with a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Intercollegiate Athletic Administration concentration. A Portland, Ore., native, Bailey resides in Norman.

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SUPPORT STAFF JORDAN CHRISTIANSEN COMMUNICATIONS 1st SEASON

SUMMARY Jordan Christiansen is in his first season as the communications director for the men’s gymnastics program and in his second season overall at the University of Oklahoma. A graduate assistant completing his master’s degree in adult and higher education this spring, Christiansen is also a secondary contact for football and the main contact for the rowing team. Last season, Christiansen worked wtih the OU women’s gymnastics team on its run to the Big 12 title and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. A native of Orem, Utah, Christiansen graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2010 where he also worked three seasons in athletic communications as a contact for football, softball and men’s track and field. Christiansen is married to his wife, Natalie, and they have a daughter, Maggie.

ALICIA MACKEY MARKETING 1st SEASON

SUMMARY Alicia Mackey is in her first season with the Oklahoma marketing office, where she oversees marketing efforts for men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, soccer and softball. In addition to her primary sport assignments, Mackey assists with marketing for OU football and women’s basketball. She oversees the student marketing internship program at Oklahoma and is involved in student marketing efforts as well. A native of Mobile, Ala., Mackey earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn in 2009. Prior to her arrival at OU, Mackey was the Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions at Akron and a Marketing Assistant at Clemson. She has also held an Athletics Marketing Internship at Auburn.

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Paul Buzzard

lisa cavanaugh meet director

assistant a.d. for event operations

danny davis

danny haynor

shelly harmon administrative assistant

russell houghtaling

ADAM MAXEY

digital media

JACKIE LIVINGSTON

assistant a.d. for broadcast operations

brandon meier

david payne

matt schaeperkoetter

Equipment Manager

assistant a.d. for broadcast operations

information technology

ticket office

event operations

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

greg tipton

assistant a.d. for internal operations

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ADMINISTRATION joe castiglione

Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics, The University of Oklahoma

Kenny Mossman

Senior Associate A.D. for External Relations

michael alford

Senior Associate A.D. for Development

luther lee

Associate A.D. for Business/Chief Financial Officer

dusty clements

Assistant A.D. for Development

matt mcmillen

Assistant A.D. for Football Operations

danny davis

Assistant A.D. for Operations and Facilities ou ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT The mission of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations. Core Values • Integrity • Passion for Excellence • Commitment • Respect & Responsibility for Self & Others • Appreciation for and Encouragement of Gender & Cultural Diversity Philosophy The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department promotes excellence in athletics without compromising excellence in academics or integrity in its commitment to rules or conduct. Student-athletes are encouraged by the coaching and administrative staff to maintain a balance between athletics, academics, and the social aspects of college.

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Larry Naifeh

Executive Associate Director of Athletics

Dr. Nicki Moore

Senior Associate A.D./Senior Woman Adminstrator

Jason Leonard

Executive Director of Compliance

LINDY ROBERTS

Associate A.D. for Event Management

Greg Tipton

Associate A.D. for Internal Operations

Mike Meade

Associate A.D. for Athletics Academic Services

brandon meier

Assistant A.D. for Broadcast Operations

charlie taylor

Assistant A.D. for Marketing

mck williams

Assistant A.D. for Ticket Operations

Pete Moris

Assistant A.D. for Communications

Renata Hays

Assistant A.D. for Branding and Licensing

Joe Washington

It is believed that athletic participation gives an added dimension to the student’s overall college experience and provides an opportunity for social, moral, emotional, and cultural growth and development.

Special Assistant to the Athletics Director, Executive Director, Varsity O Association

The athletic programs strive to create traits that once acquired will carry over and benefit student-athletes in their personal and professional endeavors. The University of Oklahoma maintains a tradition of excellence in intercollegiate sports.

Special Assistant to the Athletics Director

The Athletics Department continues to uphold this tradition by striving to make each athletic team and individual of championship caliber. Its staff members work to instill in student-athletes an appreciation for hard work, perseverance, and pride in accomplishment. It is believed these attributes will be utilized throughout the student-athlete’s life.

Merv Johnson

Dr. Kelly Damphousse

Faculty Athletics Representative

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Assistant Athletics Director, Communications Office: (405) 325-0096 | E-mail: pmoris@ou.edu

Mike Houck

Director of Media Relations - Men’s Basketball Office: (405) 325-8227 | E-mail: mhouck@ou.edu

Jared Thompson

Associate Communications Director - Women’s Basketball Office: (405) 325-3671 | E-mail: jaredthompson@ou.edu

Karl anderson

Assistant Communications Director - Football / Softball Office: (405) 325-8571 | E-mail: karl.anderson@ou.edu

MAKAYLA HIPKE

Assistant Communications Director - Soccer / W. Gymnastics Office: (405) 325-6449 | E-mail: mhipke@ou.edu

BRENDAN FLYNN

Assistant Communications Director - Volleyball / Baseball Office: (405) 325-6449 | E-mail: brendan.flynn@ou.edu

Jordan christiansen

Scott matthews

Director of Graphic Design Office: (405) 325-8223 | E-mail: smatthews@ou.edu

Kelsey hargens

Assistant Director Graphic Design Office: (405) 325-9377 | E-mail: khargens@ou.edu

KILEY MATHEWS

Graphic Design Graduate Assistant Office: (405) 325-6578 | E-mail: @ou.edu

RUSSELL HOUGHTALING

Director of Digital Media Office: (405) 325-4274 | E-mail: russell@ou.edu

andrew lentz

Assistant Director of Digital Media Office: (405) 325-1855 | E-mail: alentz@ou.edu

OU Athletics Communications Communications Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-8231 Communications Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-7623

Graduate Assistant - M. Gymnastics / Rowing Office: (405) 325-8413 | E-mail: jordanc@ou.edu

University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications McClendon Center, Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Suite 2525, 180 W Brooks St, Norman, OK 73019

CHELSEY KRAFT

SoonerSports.com The latest, official information on the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team is available at SoonerSports.com. Log on for complete media services including statistics, rosters, bios, schedules and more.

Debbie Copp

Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics Online Official OU Athletics Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SoonerSports.com OU Men’s Gymnastics on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . Twitter.com/SoonerGymnasts OU Men’s Gymnastics on Facebook . . . . . . . Facebook.com/SoonerGymnasts OU Men’s Gymnastics on Instagram . . . . . . Instagram.com/ou_mgymnastics Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MPSports.org Official NCAA Stats and Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troester.com/gym

Graduate Assistant - Wrestling Office: (405) | E-mail: chelseykraft@ou.edu

Director of Publications Office: (405) 325-8367 | E-mail: dcopp@ou.edu

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DAVID L. BOREN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT 20th YEAR at OKLAHOMA

David L. Boren, who has served Oklahoma as governor and U.S. senator, became the thirteenth president of the University of Oklahoma in November 1994. He is the first person in state history to have served in all three positions. Boren is widely respected for his academic credentials, his longtime support of education, and for his distinguished political career as a reformer of the American political system. A graduate of Yale University in 1963, Boren majored in American history, graduated in the top one percent of his class and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a master’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, England, in 1965. In 1968, he received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he was on the Law Review, elected to the Order of the Coif, and won the Bledsoe Prize as the outstanding graduate by a vote of the faculty. As Oklahoma’s governor from 1974 through 1978, Boren promoted key educational initiatives that have had an enduring impact on Oklahoma. Established during his tenure were the Oklahoma Arts Institute, the Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, and the Oklahoma Physicians Manpower Training Program, which provides scholarships for medical students and medical personnel who commit to practice in underserved rural areas. Also, the first state funding for Gifted and Talented classes was provided in 1976 and, from 1976 through 1978, Oklahoma ranked first among all states in the percentage increases of funding for higher education. One of Boren’s most far-reaching projects in promoting quality education at all levels is the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, which he founded in 1985. The foundation recognizes outstanding public school students and teachers and helps establish private local foundations to help give academic endowment grants to local public schools. As a senator, he was the author of the National Security Education Act in 1992, which provides scholarships for study abroad and for learning additional languages, as well as legislation to restore the tax deductibility of gifts of appreciated property to universities in 1993. Boren, also a former state legislator, spent nearly three decades in elective politics before becoming the president of the University of Oklahoma. Boren was the youngest governor in the nation when he served from 1974 to 1978. Known as a reformer, Boren campaigned with a broom as his symbol. During his term, he instituted many progressive programs, including conflict-of-interest rules, campaign-financing disclosure, stronger open meeting laws for public bodies, more competitive bidding on state government contracts, and reform of the state’s prison system, including expanded education programs for first-time offenders and the largest expansion of the work-release program in state history. During his time in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1994, Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he strengthened oversight of secret government programs and reformed the procedures for Presidential notice of such programs to Congress.

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For more than 10 years, he led the fight for congressional campaign finance reform and for legislation discouraging administration and congressional staff from cashing in on government experience and contacts by becoming lobbyists. In addition, he introduced legislation seeking to limit gifts and travel subsidies that government workers, including members of Congress, can receive from lobbyists. Boren also chaired the special 1992-93 Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, which produced proposals to make Congress more efficient and responsive by streamlining congressional bureaucracy, reducing staff sizes and reforming procedures to end legislative gridlock.

Boren left the U.S. Senate in 1994 with an approval rating of 91 percent after being reelected with 83 percent of the vote in 1990, the highest percentage in the nation in a U.S. Senate contest in that election year. Boren served from 1988 to 1997 as a member of the Yale University Board of Trustees. His university experience also includes four years on the faculty of Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was chairman of the Department of Political Science and chairman of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1993, the American Association of University Professors presented Boren with the Henry Yost Award as Education Advocate of the Year. In April 2004, Boren received the Mory’s Cup from the Mory’s Association at Yale University. In making the presentation to Boren it was noted that he was the first Yale graduate in the university’s history extending over three centuries to have served as a Governor, U.S. Senator and President of a major university. Under Boren’s leadership, the University of Oklahoma has developed and emerged as a “pacesetter university in American public higher education,” with 20 major new programs initiated since his inauguration. They include establishment of the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, a new expository writing program for freshmen modeled on the program at Harvard, an interdisciplinary religious studies program, the Artist-in-Residence Program, the International Programs Center, and the Facultyin-Residence Program putting faculty family apartments in student residence halls. The Retired Professors Program has been started, bringing 50 retired full professors back to the University to teach freshmen. The number of new facilities started or completed on the campus during the Boren years has matched the explosion in new programs. Since 1994, almost $1.9 billion in construction projects have been completed or are under way on OU’s three campuses. Among the largest of the recent projects are the $67 million National Weather Center on OU’s Norman campus, the $90 million OU Cancer Institute on OU’s Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City and the $35 million OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center Clinic . Presidential Travel Scholarships, students from 111 countries on campus, more reciprocal international exchange agreements than any other university and the new International Programs Center are all making OU more international. The new Honors College helps to assure that no students need to leave Oklahoma to find an educational experience to match their potential. In 1995, Boren launched the “Reach for Excellence” fundraising campaign with a five-year goal of $200 million, which was twice as large as any fundraising drive in Oklahoma history. The drive exceeded $500 million, raising OU into the top 15 public universities in the United States in private endowment per capita. Since 1994, endowed professorships have increased from 100 to 557 and the OU donor base has grown from 18,000 to more than 125,000 friends and alumni. During the first 10 years of Boren’s tenure over $1 billion in private gifts were donated to the university. Boren is married to Molly Shi Boren, a former judge and English teacher. Mrs. Boren is President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, which provides education programs in nine arts disciplines for high school students from across the state who are gifted in the arts. Molly Boren has two degrees from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in English and a Juris Doctorate from the OU College of Law. A native of Seminole, Boren has two children, Carrie Christine Boren, an Episcopal minister, and David Daniel Boren, a member of the United States Congress from Oklahoma. Devoting much of his life to public service, Boren drew from the example of his parents, the late Congressman Lyle H. Boren and Christine Boren.

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JOE CASTIGLIONE VICE PRESIDENT for intercollegiate athletics programs and director of athletics 16th YEAR at OKLAHOMA When Joe Castiglione came to Oklahoma, he inherited one of the most storied programs in college athletics, and he set about the business of making it better. Some who would argue that the past 15 years represent the best of the best. With eight national championships and 60 conference titles, including seven in the 2012-13 academic year, during his tenure, Castiglione’s record is certainly one of great merit. An all-time best finish of seventh in the annual Director’s Cup standings following the 2012-13 academic year adds to the Sooner story. So does the kind of academic performance that produced a combined grade point average of more than 3.00 among the nearly 600 OU student-athletes and a record 151 graduates in 2013. The 11th director of athletics at OU, Castiglione arrived on the Sooner campus in summer of 1998 and what he found was nothing like what we see today. He made a number of changes, and, in the process, created a team of administrators, coaches and support staff who pursue and achieve lofty goals under the banner of ethical integrity. Proof of the overall excellence of the program is demonstrated by the annual Learfield Director’s Cup rankings. The seventh-place finish in 2012-13 extended a four-year streak of top-15 finishes for OU. It also marked the 13th time in the 15-year Castiglione tenure that OU has ranked in the top 30. Oklahoma’s latest finish was built through overall success in competition. OU sent all 10 spring sport teams to the postseason and a total of eight teams, led by the 2013 softball team’s national championship, finished in the top 10 throughout the season. That number included runner-up NCAA finishes by the men’s and women’s gymnastics as well as top-10 results from men’s cross country (eighth), women’s basketball (ninth), baseball (ninth), men’s tennis (ninth) and women’s golf (ninth). The true measure of achievement for Castiglione and, by extension, the department’s coaches and staff, is measured in the success of the student-athletes in relation to the department’s mission statement “Inspiring champions today … Preparing leaders for tomorrow.” Castiglione believes that excellence on the field of completion should correlate with the classroom. OU student-athletes recorded a cumulative GPA over 3.00 for the 2012-13 academic year, a first. In addition, 10 Sooner programs recorded a perfect 1,000 APR, tied for best in the Big 12. Since arriving at OU, Castiglione has insisted that daily and long-term decisions be made in a financially responsible manner. The department has closed the books in the black in each of the last 15 years, making it one of the few Division I programs which remain totally self-sustaining. His understanding of how the department fits into the University’s academic mission led to a decision to increase the direct support provided by the department on an annual basis. The most recent demonstration of that commitment led to a partnership with President Boren’s office that eliminated the admission fee at OU’s internationally known Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Through direct and indirect support, OU Athletics provides more than $8 million annually to OU’s academics budget. Facility improvement and construction at athletics facilities has been carried out at a record pace and Castiglione takes pride in the fact that those improvements have been paid for with private money. The most recent facility is the $75 million Headington Hall, which provides housing for the general student population as well as student-athletes. The state-of-the-art building opened in August 2013 and makes OU the leader in providing an engaging community living option for OU students. In recognition of the many achievements of his tenure, Castiglione was named National Athletic Director of the Year in May 2009 by the Sports Business Journal. In June, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame named him the 2013 recipient of the John L. Toner Award, presented annually by the NFF to an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.

His peers have honored him as well. In November 2012, the United States Sports Academy named him the winner of the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award. In October 2004, the Bobby Dodd Foundation named him Athletics Director of the Year. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Hall of Fame. In June 2001, he received the General Robert R. Neyland Athletic Director Award for lifetime achievement from the All-American Football Foundation. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) named him Central Region AD of the Year in 2000. Castiglione was instrumental in the athletics department’s major campaign, Great Expectations: The Campaign For Sooner Sports. The largest fund-raising effort in OU athletics history included projects that impact each of OU’s 21 sports and has become a national model for intercollegiate athletics. The campaign ended three years later with more than $125 million raised and that figure has grown to more than $330 million since then as funds continue to be raised for facility improvements and scholarship endowments. Hired on April 30, 1998, Castiglione joined the Sooner family after serving as athletics director at Missouri. In his 17-year career with the Tigers, Castiglione, who was named director of athletics at Missouri on Dec. 15, 1993, was credited with rebuilding sports programs, hiring outstanding coaches, implementing an innovative master plan for facilities, inspiring record-setting increases in fund-raising and balancing the budget in each of his five years as athletics director. A 1979 Maryland graduate, Castiglione received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in April 2007. He began his career as the sports promotions director at Rice. He then worked a year as director of athletic fund-raising at Georgetown before being hired in 1981 at Missouri as director of communications and marketing. His commitment to the success of student-athletes has gone beyond the Norman campus and he has served at the national and conference level. He was recently re-appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for a three-year term, ending after the 2015-16 season after filling a term that ended following the 2012-2013 season. He chaired the NCAA’s Football Academic Progress Rate (APR) Working Group and is currently serving on the NCAA Working Group on Collegiate ModelRules Committee, the Gatorade Collegiate Advisory Board and the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors. He served three terms as the chair of the Big 12 Board of Athletics Directors and is a past president of both the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and NACDA. He served a four-year term on the NCAA Championship/Competition Cabinet and the NCAA Baseball Committee and is a past member of the NCAA Football Special Events Certification Committee. He has served on the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Discussion Group, the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Career and Education Strategic Working Group and the NCAA Football Issues Committee of which he now serves as chairman. In November 2011, he was named to his hometown, Broward County (Fla.) Sports Hall of Fame. His involvement in the local community has led to service with civic clubs, churches and charities, including the United Way of Norman, recently serving his third term as OU’s campus co-chair, which resulted in the highest recorded contributions ever by faculty, staff and students to the United Way of Norman’s annual campaign. He encourages student-athletes and athletics staff to participate in those efforts as well, and in 2012-13, OU Athletics representatives logged a staggering 2,561 hours of community service. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Castiglione is married to the former Kristen Bartel, a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri. They are the parents of two sons, Joseph Robert, Jr. and Jonathan Edmund.

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HISTORY

Two years after the first student started at the University of Oklahoma, David C. Hall, a former Brown University gymnast, came to the campus to teach physical education. Hall would become Oklahoma’s first gymnastics coach. Few formal records remain, but Hall’s program lasted 15 years. Sooner yearbooks from 19021917 feature faded pictures of young men who were members of Hall’s “Gymnasium Squads.” In 1965 Ken Farris, then an associate athletics director, journeyed to the NCAA National Championships in hopes of re-establishing gymnastics at Oklahoma. Soon after, Russ Porterfield, a former University of Iowa gymnast, was hired as the Sooners’ first competitive gymnastics coach.

Porterfield’s program sprung from beginnings almost as humble as Hall’s efforts in the early 1900s. Porterfield would admit he had to beg students to try out for OU’s first season in 1966 and the squad finished last in its Big Eight debut. But Porterfield persisted, and in 1971 the Sooners notched their first winning season. When he departed in 1973, Porterfield had given OU its first national champion, Odess Lovin, who won floor titles in 1972 and ’73. Porterfield’s successor was Illinois native Paul Ziert, a

successful high school coach. Ziert turned Oklahoma gymnastics into one of the nation’s most respected programs. His early teams were led by Illinois State transfer Greg Buwick, a two-time conference floor champ. Buwick would stay on at OU as Ziert’s assistant and eventually become the Sooners’ third head coach.

In 1977, just four years after Ziert took over, Oklahoma had its first national title, tying Indiana State for the national crown. The Sooners also claimed their first national all-around champion when 1976 Olympian Bart Conner earned the first of two NCAA titles. Ziert’s Sooners repeated as champions in 1978, while allaround honors were claimed by Conner for the second straight year. Though he sat out the 1980 season with injury, Conner came back in 1981 and became the first Oklahoma gymnast to claim the Nissen-Emery Award. In 1980 Conner and teammate Mike Wilson earned spots on the U.S. Olympic team, but couldn’t compete because of the U.S. boycott. Conner got his third shot at the Games in 1984, where he earned two gold medals. That same year, Buwick took over the reins as head coach, leading his team to the first of many conference championships.

In 1991, Buwick added the program’s third national title. Under Buwick’s leadership, OU also produced three Nissen-Emery Award winners: Jarrod Hanks (1991), Dan Fink (1998) and Todd Bishop (1999).

In 2000 Mark Williams, who served as Buwick’s assistant for 12 seasons, took over as head coach, leading his team to the conference title and a fourth-place NCAA finish. Williams won his second consecutive conference Coach of the Year honor in 2001 and led the Sooners to a second-place finish nationally. The 2002 season was about redemption as the Sooners claimed the fourth national title in the program’s history. With most of the team intact from 2002, OU repeated as champions in 2003, going undefeated at 26-0. Daniel Furney, OU’s fifth honoree, won the Nissen Emery Award as Oklahoma recorded its fifth NCAA national championship. In 2004, OU’s run of national championships ended with a second-place finish. The 2004 season saw the men’s gymnastics program extend a winning streak to 52 straight before it ended at the 2004 MPSF Championships. Still, the Sooners broke the school record for most consecutive wins by an athletic team,

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topping the old mark held by the football team, which won 47 straight from 1953-1957.

national title (rings) and Steven Legendre claimed two titles (floor, vault).

In 2005, the Sooners got back to what has been a constant under Williams, winning their sixth national title behind a school-record 13 All-Americans.

Horton became OU’s latest Nissen winner in 2008. With six winners, OU has produced more Nissen Award winners than any other university and is the only school to claim back-to-back honorees.

The 2006 campaign was an even greater success as Williams’ squad completed a perfect 31-0 season by capturing back-to-back NCAA titles for the third time in OU history. Sophomore Jonathan Horton claimed the all-around title and the 2006 team broke the previous season’s school record with 14 All-Americans. The Sooners finished as the national runner-up in 2007, while Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons earned the NCAA all-around championship, giving OU back-to-back NCAA champions. The duo were the first teammates to win consecutive all-around crowns since Ohio State’s Jamie Natalie and Raj Bhavsar in 2001-2002. Horton made history of his own at the 2007 NCAA Championships, claiming individual titles on high bar and floor exercise and earning All-America honors in the all-around and on floor, high bar, vault and rings. With five career NCAA titles as just a junior, Horton broke the school record (3), held by Conner, and also broke Conner’s OU mark for career All-America awards with 15. The Sooners finished with an eighth national title and ninth MPSF conference championship in 2008. OU claimed 11 All-America honors while Horton won a

In 2009, Legendre won the all-around, floor exercise and vault National Championships, while the Sooners claimed 11 All-America for the second consecutive year. Oklahoma finished third at the NCAA Championships and second at the MPSf conference championship. The 2010 campaign saw Steven Legendre took one step closer to breaking Jonathan Horton’s OU program record six national titles by capturing one more individual National Championship on floor. Legendre’s third National Championship on floor marks the fifth straight year the Sooners have claimed the title. Horton won the title on the same event in 2006 and 2007. Also collecting an NCAA Individual Championship in his freshman year was Alex Naddour on pommel horse. The last time Oklahoma claimed the individual title on pommel horse was Josh Landis in 2003. Oklahoma also claimed its 10th conference title out of the last 12 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship and finished second in the nation at the NCAA Championships.

The Sooners recorded an undefeated regular season in 2011 before taking second place at both the MPSF Championship and the NCAA Team Finals. Naddour picked up his second-straight title on the pommel horse while Jake Dalton won individual national titles on floor and vault. The Sooners reclaimed the MPSF title in 2012 led by 2012 London Olympian Dalton who claimed individual titles in the all-around and on high bar, parallel bars and still rings to become the first gymnast in school history to win four individual titles in two different seasons after also accomplishing the feat in 2011. OU hosted the NCAA Championships in 2012, taking second place overall. Dalton proved that he was the nation’s top all-around gymnast by claiming the allaround and parallel bars national titles in addition to All-America honors on five of the six events. Dalton became the first gymnast in OU history to earn AllAmerica honors on six events (all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) in one season. As a team, the Sooners racked up 12 total All-America honors, the most of any school. OU finished among the top two in the nation again in 2013 and repeated as conference champions. OU swept the individual titles at the MPSF meet and boasted a national champion for the ninth-straight season when walk-on Michael Squires won the still rings title.

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NATIONAL CHAMPS 1977 NCAA National Champions Head Coach - Paul Ziert

Head Coach - Paul Ziert

The Sooners: Garry Beasley, Paul Black, Bart Conner, George Howell, Craig Martin, Leslie Moore, Steve Rutledge, Bernard Van Wie, Mike Wilson

The Sooners: Garry Beasley, Paul Black, Bart Conner, George Howell, Dale Kerr, Jeff Martin, Leslie Moore, Steve Rutledge, Mike Wilson

the championship (hosted by Arizona St.): Four years into the Paul Ziert era, OU won its first national title. The Sooners (7-1) tied Indiana State for the national crown. It remains the only tie in NCAA team championship history.

the championship (hosted bY oregon): Head Coach Paul Ziert and the Sooners won their second straight national title with a 10-1 season. OU was led by All-American Bart Conner who won his second straight allaround title.

1991 NCAA National Champions

2002 NCAA National Champions

The Sooners: Ricky Armstrong, Laurence Chavez, Brian Halstead, Jarrod Hanks, Marcus Jordan, Jeff Lutz, Tom Meadows, Vince Pagano, Orson Sykes, Ric Sweezy, Greg Zeiders

The Sooners: Everette Bierker, Shannon Carrion, Brett Covey, Daniel Furney, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, David Henderson, Ryan Hillyer, David Johnston, Josh Landis, Jim Lovelady, Heath Mueller, John Payton, Quinn Rowell, Jock Stevens, Brian Trause

Head Coach - greg buwick

the championship (hosted by penn State): Head coach Greg Buwick produced OU’s third national title and his first of three Nissen Award winners with Jarrod Hanks in 1991. Buwick’s Sooners went 15-1 and also won the Big Eight title.

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Head Coach - mark williams

the championship (hosted by oklahoma): Guided by Mark Williams, OU won its fourth national championship. The Sooners went 28-1, winning the title on their home floor.

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The Sooners: Shannon Carrion, Brett Covey, Daniel Furney, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, David Henderson, Jamie Henderson, Josh Landis, Heath Mueller, James Myers, Curtis O’Rorke, Quinn Rowell, Jock Stevens, Brian Trause the championship (hosted by temple): The Sooners won their second straight title in 2003 under Mark Williams with a perfect 26-0 record. Daniel Furney (Nissen Award winner) was the all-around and parallel bars champion. Josh Landis won titles on the floor and pommel horse.

2005 NCAA National Champions Head Coach - mark williams

The Sooners: Mubarak Abdullah-Simmons, Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, David Iammatteo, Brian Carr, Kyle Fernandez, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, Jacob Messina, Joseph Weaver, David Henderson, Jonathan Horton, Jamie Henderson, James Myers, Brian Trause the championship (hosted by ARMY): The Sooners won their third title in four years under Mark Williams, finishing 21-2 on the season and leading the nation with 13 All-America honors. David Henderson was the still rings champion and Jonathan Horton brought home five AllAmerica honors.

2006 NCAA National Champions

2008 NCAA National Champions

The Sooners: Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Wesley Aderhold, Chris Brooks, Brian Carr, Garrett Carr, Russell Czeschin, Jamie Henderson, Jonathan Horton, Jason Laughton, Kyle McNamara, Jacob Messina, James Myers, Reed Pitts, Joseph Weaver

The Sooners: Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Chris Brooks, Garrett Carr, Russell Czeschin, Corey English, C.J. Grimes, Jonathan Horton, Ian Jackson, Jason Laughton, Steven Legendre, Kyle McNamara, Jacob Messina, Reed Pitts, Bobby Shortle, Joseph Weaver

the championship (hosted by oklahoma): OU won its fourth NCAA crown in five years while compiling a perfect 31-0 record. Jonathan Horton captured the all-around, as well as individual titles on the parallel bars and high bar. The Sooners again led the nation in All-America honors, setting a school record with 14 honorees.

the championship (hosted by stanford): The Sooners won their fifth title in the last seven seasons while finishing the season 28-1. Senior Jonathan Horton won the still rings title while freshmen Steven Legendre captured the floor and vault titles. The Sooners rounded out the 2008 season with 11 All-America honors, second highest in the nation.

Head Coach - mark williams

Head Coach - mark williams

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MICHAEL SQUIRES Still Rings................2013

Taqiy abdullahSimmons

jake dalton

All-Around............2012 Parallel Bars...........2012 Floor Exercise........2011 Vault.....................2011

david henderson Still Rings................ 2005

aLEX nADDOUR Pommel Horse...... 2011 Pommel Horse...... 2010

josh landis

Pommel Horse..... 2003 Floor Exercise....... 2003

steven legendre Floor Exercise..........2010 All-Around..............2009 Floor Exercise..........2009 Vault.......................2009 Floor Exercise..........2008 Vault.......................2008

daniel furney

All-Around.............. 2003 Parallel Bars............. 2003

jonathan horton Still Rings...............2008 Floor Exercise.........2007 High Bar.................2007 All-Around.............2006 Floor Exercise.........2006 Still Rings...............2006

TODD BISHOP

High Bar.............. 1999 High Bar.............. 1998

All-Around........... 2007

dan fink

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jeremy killen

Still Rings............. 1998

Floor Exercise........ 1997

bart conner

greg goodhue

Floor Exercise....... 1979 All-Around........... 1978 All-Around........... 1977

Vault...................1974

mark oates

Vault.................... 1983

mike wilson

Floor Exercise....... 1979

leslie moore

Vault.................... 1979

odess Lovin

Floor Exercise....... 1973 Floor Exercise....... 1972

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1968 (1) Tom Sexton (PB)

Carlo Sabino (PB) Tom Vaugh (HB) 1988 (1) Jeff Lutz (V)

1972 (1) Odess Lovin (FX)

1989 (1) Brian Halstead (V)

1973 (1) Odess Lovin (FX)

PAUL ZIERT ERA

1974 (2) Rich Bova (HB) Greg Goodhue (V) 1976 (1) Greg Buwick (FX)

1977 (3) Bart Conner (AA) Mike Wilson (AA, PB) 1978 (5) Bart Conner (AA, SR, PB, HB) Mike Wilson (AA) 1979 (7) Bart Conner (AA, FX, PB, HB) Leslie Moore (V) Mike Wilson (AA, FX) 1980 (2) Leslie Moore (FX) Peter Stout (PB) 1981 (5) Bart Conner (AA, FX, SR, PB, HB) 1983 (1) Mark Oates (V)

GREG BUWICK ERA 1984 (2) Mark Oates (FX) Scott Wilbanks (V) 1985 (2) Mark Oates (V) Mark Rice (FX) 1986 (3) Mark Rice (FX, SR) Tom Vaughn (HB) 1987 (5) Mark Rice (AA, FX, PB)

1990 (3) Jim Endres (V) Brian Halstead (V) Jarrod Hanks (FX) 1991 (10) Brian Halstead (V, HB) Jarrod Hanks (AA, FX, SR, HB) Jeff Lutz (AA, SR, PB, HB) 1992 (1) Tom Meadows (FX) 1993 (2) Marcus Jordan (AA, HB) 1994 (3) Jeremy Killen (FX) Daniel Stover (FX, V) 1995 (6) Aaron Basham (AA) Casey Bryan (HB) Jeremy Killen (AA, FX, V) Daniel Stover (FX) 1996 (4) Casey Bryan (AA, PH) Jeremy Killen (FX, V) 1997 (10) Todd Bishop (PB) Casey Bryan (AA, FX, PH, V) Dan Fink (AA, SR) Andy Howard (FX) Jeremy Killen (FX) Garon Rowland (PB) 1998 (7) Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Dan Fink (AA, SR) Andy Howard (FX, V) 1999 (4) Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Steve Van Etten (FX)

MARK WILLIAMS ERA 2000 (5) David Johnston (SR) Josh Landis (PH) Brendan O’Neil (FX, PB) Steve Van Etten (HB)

2001 (10) Brett Covey (SR) Daniel Furney (PH, PB) Ryan Hillyer (HB) Josh Landis (PH, FX) Brendan O’Neil (FX) Steve Van Etten (PH, HB, FX) 2002 (9) Everette Bierker (PB, HB) Shannon Carrion (SR) Daniel Furney (V, HB, AA) David Henderson (SR) Quinn Rowell (HB) Jock Stevens (V) 2003 (11) Daniel Furney (AA, V, PB, HB) Josh Landis (FX, PH, PB) Brett Covey (SR) Jamie Henderson (SR) Heath Mueller (PB) Jock Stevens (V) 2004 (8) Josh Gore (PB) David Henderson (AA, SR) Jamie Henderson (SR) Heath Mueller (AA) Quinn Rowell (HB) Jock Stevens (FX) Brian Trause (PB) 2005 (13) Josh Gore (PH, PB) David Henderson (SR, V) Jamie Henderson (SR) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, PB) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, V, SR, HB) Jacob Messina (FX) 2006 (14) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, V, PB) Chris Brooks (HB) Brian Carr (PH) Jamie Henderson (PH, SR) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, SR, PB, HB) Reed Pitts (FX, V)

2007 (11) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, V, SR, HB) Chris Brooks (HB) Russell Czeschin (FX) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, V, SR, HB) 2008 (11) Chris Brooks (PB, HB) Russell Czeschin (FX) Jonathan Horton (AA, SR, PB) Jason Laughton (PH) Steven Legendre (FX, V, HB) Reed Pitts (FX) 2009 (11) Chris Brooks (AA, FX, V) Russell Czeschin (FX, V) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, V) Kyle McNamara (HB) Jacob Messina (PH) Bobby Shortle (FX) 2010 (11) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, V) Alex Naddour (AA, PH) Corey English (PH, PB) Jacob Dalton (AA, FX, V) Jeremy Adams (PH) 2011 (12) Jake Dalton (FX, V, PB, HB) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, HB) Alex Naddour (AA, PH, V) Troy Nitzky (SR) Bobby Shortle (FX) 2012 (12) Danny Berardini (PB) Jake Dalton (AA, FX, SR, V, PB, HB) Presten Ellsworth (V) Mike Heredia (V) Troy Nitzky (SR) Patrick Piscitelli (V) Chris Stehl (SR) 2013 (9) Danny Berardini (PB) Ethan Jose (HB) Kanji Oyama (FX) Michael Reid (PH) Alec Robin (AA, V, HB) Michael Squires (SR) Chris Stehl (SR)

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1984 1987 1991 1996

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005

2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2013

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Mark Oates (PB)

‘86

Mike Rice (AA, PB, PH) Carlo Sabino (FX) Mark Steves (V)

‘92

Jeremy Killen (FX, V)

‘05

David Henderson (V) Jamie Henderson (PH) Jonathan Horton (AA, SR)

‘06

Chris Brooks (HB) Jonathan Horton (FX, SR)

‘07

Casey Bryan (AA) Dan Fink (SR) Jeremy Killen (V) Kyle Johnson (FX)

‘12

‘04

Josh Gore (PB) Quinn Rowell (HB)

‘93

Dan Fink (SR)

‘13

‘00 ‘02 ‘03

‘90 ‘89

‘91

Daniel Furney (AA) Josh Landis (PH) Jock Stevens (V)

Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, SR, HB)

‘08

‘84

Rob Mahurin (PB) Scott Wilbanks (FX) Mike Rice (SR) Mike Sims (PH, HB)

Everette Bierker (HB) Brett Covey (SR) Josh Landis (PH) Jock Stevens (FX)

Jonathan Horton (AA, SR) Steven Legendre (FX)

‘09

Mike Sims (PB)

Aaron Basham (HB) Daniel Stover (FX, V)

Brendan O’Neil (FX) Steve Van Etten (V) Brett Covey (SR)

William Clement (HB) Presten Ellsworth (PB) Sergey Resnick (PH) Alec Robin (V) Michael Squires (SR)

Steven Legendre (V) Ian Jackson (V) Steven Legendre (FX)

Todd Bishop (PB) Dan Fink (SR)

‘10

‘82

‘81

Mark Biespiel (FX) Bart Conner (AA, PB) Peter Stout (HB)

Aaron Basham (HB) Marcus Jordan (HB) Tom Meadows (SR) Daniel Stover (FX, V)

Jake Dalton (AA, HB, PB, SR)

Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Brendan O’Neil (FX)

‘11

‘80

Peter Stout (PH)

Tom Meadows (SR) Orson Sykes (V)

‘94

Bart Conner (AA, PB, HB) Leslie Moore (FX)

Ricky Armstrong (HB) Brian Halstead (PB) Jeff Lutz (SR)

‘95

‘78

Gary Beasley (PH) Bart Conner (AA)

‘79

‘76 ‘77

Paul Black (PH, PB) Bart Conner (AA)

Jarrod Hanks (SR)

‘96

Greg Buwick (FX)

Brian Halstead (V, HB)

‘97

Rich Bova (HB)

‘98

Odess Lovin (FX)

Everette Bierker (PB) Daniel Furney (PH) Robby Rome (HB)

‘01

‘87

Mark Steves (FX, HB) Jeff Lutz (V)

Odess Lovin (FX)

Greg Buwick (FX) Mike Wilson (PB)

‘85

Mike Rice (AA, FX) Carlo Sabino (PH) Mark Steves (HB)

‘99

‘75 ‘74 ‘73 ‘72

‘68

Rich Carr (Trampoline) Tom Sexton (HB)

‘88

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ALL-TIME LETTERMEN NOTE: According to university records, the following student-athletes earned varsity gymnastics letters during the years indicated. Corrections and additions are welcome and should be addressed to the Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office.

A

Jeremy Adams...............................2010-11 Mubarak Abdullah-Simmons........2004-05 Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons..............2005-08 Wesley Aderhold...........................2006-07 Jose Aguero...................................1980-81 Dylan Akers...........................2012-present Ricky Armstrong...........................1990-92 David Arnoth.....................................1972 Robert Atchison.................................1972

B

Matt Bailey...................................1982-84 Forrest Barker.....................................1966 Aaron Basham...............................1992-95 Jody Bayless...................................1978-80 Garry Beasley................................1975-78 Danny Berardini....................2012-present Everette Bierker.............................1999-02 Matthew Biespiel...........................1979-81 Todd Bishop..................................1996-99 Paul Black.....................................1976-79 Greg Bond....................................1984-85 Richard Bova.................................1972-75 Tim Brassfield...............................1974-75 Chris Brooks.................................2006-09 Casey Bryan..................................1994-96 Dale Burrow..................................1975-76 Greg Buwick.................................1975-76

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Mike Cahill...................................1969-71 Michael Caldwell..........................1970-71 Russell Campbell................................1967 John Capozzoli..............................1972-74 Brian Carr.....................................2004-07 Garrett Carr..................................2006-07 Richard Carr......................................1968 Shannon Carrion...........................2000-03 Laurence Chavez...........................1991-93 William Clement...................2012-present Bruce Cole.........................................1968 Bart Conner............................1977-79, 81

Brett Covey...................................2000-03 Skip Crawley...................................... 1986 William Crews..............................1966-67 Wayne Crockett............................1970-72 Chad Crumley..............................2009-12 Russell Czeschin............................2006-09

D

Jacob Dalton.................................2010-12 Douglas Datillo..................................1968 J.J. Davis............................................1993 Mike Doke.........................................1984 T.J. Dortch....................................1992-93 Todd Dowdy......................................2013 Chad Duncan...............................1995-97

e

Dale Eby............................................1976 Andrew Eddington........................1996-97 Presten Ellsworth....................2011-present Jim Endres....................................1988-90 Corey English................................2007-10

F

Mark Farbin.......................................1974 Kyle Fernandez..............................2004-05 Dan Fink.......................................1995-98 David Finning....................................2009 Mark Folger..................................1981-82 Benjamin Fox................................1980-83 Brian Funkhouser...............................1987 Daniel Furney...............................2000-03

G

Michael Gehart.............................2002-05 Mike Glover.......................................1967 Charley Goicoechea......................1998-99 Greg Goodhue..............................1973-74 Josh Gore......................................2002-05 Mischa Gorkuscha..............................1960 Stuart Gray.........................................1985

H

Brian Halstead..............................1988-91 Kent Hamilton..............................1989-90 Anthony Hampton.............................1980 Jarrod Hanks.................................1988-91 Gabe Hansen................................1999-01 Pat Harbour.......................................1969 David Henderson..........................2002-05

Jamie Henderson...........................2003-06 Michael Henry..............................1973-74 Anibal Hernandez.........................1982-83 Matt Hervey..................................1986-88 Ryan Hillyer..................................1999-02 Jerry Hinkle..................................1973-75 Jonathan Horton...........................2005-08 Andy Howard................................1997-98 George Howell..............................1975-78

I

David Iammatteo.........................2001, 05

J

Ian Jackson....................................2007-11 James Johannesen.........................1968, 70 Larry Johns.........................................1993 Bradley Johnson............................1979-81 Kyle Johnson......................................1996 Matthew Johnson...............................1987 David Johnston.............................1999-02 Alan Jones.....................................1966-67 Jeff Jones.......................................1990-91 Kevin Jordan.................................1985-88 Marcus Jordan...............................1990-93 Tim Jordan....................................1984-87 Ethan Jose..............................2012-present

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Darren Keller.....................................1984 Jay Kemp......................................1982-85 Scott Kerns.........................................1974 Dale Kerr...........................................1978 Jeremy Killen................................1994-97 Josh Kramb...................................1993-96 Gregory Krippel............................1971-74

L

Larry Lain..........................................1975 Josh Landis....................................2000-03 Jason Laughton.............................2006-08 Steven Legendre............................2008-11 Roger Letourneau..........................1972-73 Kevin Lindsey....................................1971 Fulton Loebel................................1971-74 Michael Lofland.................................1975 Carey Loomis.....................................1976 Odess Lovin..................................1970-73 Jeff Lutz..................................1987-88, 91 Huy Ly..........................................1997-00

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R

John Maddox.....................................1966 Robert Mahurin............................1981-84 Craig Martin......................................1977 Daniel Martin...............................1984-85 Jeff Martin....................................1978-81 Michael Maxie...................................1968 Jeff McGuire......................................1973 Kyle McNamara............................2006-09 Tom Meadows...............................1991-93 Jacob Messina.................... 2005-06, 08-09 Michael Mihalco...........................1971-73 Martin Miller................................1976-77 Robert Miller.....................................1975 Leslie Moore..................................1977-80 Jake Moran....................................1998-99 Heath Mueller...............................2001-04 James Myers............................2003, 05-06

Richard Ranier...................................1970 Stanton Rehkemper................2012-present Michael Reid..........................2012-present Ramon Repp......................................1968 Sergey Resnick.......................2013-present Roy Rettberg................................1968, 70 Mike Rice................................1983, 85-87 Dave Riehl....................................1984-85 Alec Robin.............................2012-present Robby Rome.................................1997-00 Quinn Rowell...............................2001-04 Garon Rowland.............................1995-97 Gavin Rowland.............................1996-99 Jacoby Rubin..........................2012-present Anton Rupert................................1975-75 Stephen Rutledge..........................1977-80

N

Carlo Sabino...........................1985-87, 89 Matt Shoen...................................1996-99 Dave Schultz......................................1986 Bernard Schwalbe...............................1966 Tom Sexton...................................1967-68 Mark Seyler...................................1992-95 Bobby Shortle...............................2008-11 Mike Sims.....................................1981-84 Joe Smith......................................1967-68 Brad Snowden....................................1985 Michael Squires......................2012-present Donald Steinbach...............................1975 Chris Stehl....................................2010-13 Jock Stevens..................................2001-04 Mark Steves...................................1985-88 Peter Stout....................................1980-81 Daniel Stover.................................1992-95 Ric Swezey...................................1991, 93 Orson Sykes..................................1991-92

Alex Naddour...............................2010 -11 Anthony Naddour.........................2009-11 Troy Nitzky...................................2010-13

O

Mark Oates...................................1982-85 Patrick O’Brien.............................1971-74 Brendan O’Neil.............................1998-02 Curtis O’Rorke..................................2003 Richard Orna.....................................1969 Kanji Oyama..........................2013-present

P

Vince Pagano................................1990-93 John Payton..................................1999-02 Patrick Piscitelli.............................2009-12 Reed Pitts.....................................2006, 08 Donald Pollard...................................1975

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T

Jon Thibadeaux.............................1996-97 Alan Thomas......................................1987 Michael Torrez..............................1970-71 Brian Trause..................................2001-05

V

Steve Van Etten.............................1998-01 Bernard Van Wie...........................1976-77 Thomas Vaughan...........................1986-89

W

Monty Waldron.............................1987-90 Eric Weaver...................................1992-95 Joseph Weaver...............................2005-07 Ronald Webb................................1970-71 Ed Wentzheimer............................1997-00 Terry Wheelock..................................1983 Lee White..........................................1984 Raymond White.....................2011-present Scott Wilbanks..............................1982-84 Scot Wilce.....................................1979-81 Mike Wilson ................................1976-79 Kelly Woner..................................1990-91 David Wright.................... 1979-80, 82-83

Y

Josh Yee.............................................. 2013 Tommy Yuen.................................1970-73

z

Greg Zeiders..................................1990-91 Dain Zinn.....................................1966-68

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COACHES

1966-1973 Record: 40-45 (.471) Year 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

Record Conference Finish NCAA Finish 1-6 Fifth (Big Eight) N/A 2-10 Fifth (Big Eight) N/A 6-7 Third (Big Eight) N/A 9-3 Second (Big Eight) N/A 4-6 Fourth (Big Eight) N/A 7-4 Second (Big Eight) N/A 7-4 Second (Big Eight) N/A 4-5 Third (Big Eight) N/A

paul ziert

1974-1983 Record: 62-28 (.702) Year Record Conference Finish NCAA Finish 1974 7-3 Second (Big Eight) N/A 1975 5-4 Third (Big Eight) N/A 1976 6-5 Third (Big Eight) N/A 1977 7-1 First (Big Eight) First 1978 10-1 First (Big Eight) First 1979 4-2 First (Big Eight) Second 1980 10-3 Third (Big Eight) Fourth 1981 4-2 First (Big Eight) Second 1982 5-4 Third (Big Eight) N/A 1983 8-3 Third (Big Eight) Seventh

Greg buwick

1984-1999 Record: 224-74-1 (.749) Year Record Conference Finish NCAA Finish 1984 9-3 First (Big Eight) Seventh 1985 8-4 Second (Big Eight) Eighth 1986 10-3 Second (Big Eight) Fourth 1987 14-1 First (Big Eight) Fourth 13-2 Second (Big Eight) Eighth 1988 1-2 Third (Big Eight) N/A 1989 1990 8-4 Second (Big Eight) Sixth 1991 15-1 First (Big Eight) First 1992 8-4 Second (Big Eight) Fifth (Regionals) 18-7 Second (Big Eight) Fourth 1993 13-3 Second (Big Eight) Fourth 1994 9-9 Second (Big Eight) Fourth 1995 1996 15-11 First (Big Eight) Fifth 21-5 Second (MPSF) Second 1997 39-8 Fifth (MPSF) Fourth 1998 1999 23-7-1 First (MPSF) N/A

mark williams

2000-Present Record: 348-33 (.913)

Year Record Conference Finish NCAA Finish 2000 15-4 First (MPSF) Fourth 2001 24-2 First (MPSF) Second 2002 28-1 First (MPSF) First 2003 26-0 First (MPSF) First 2004 24-4 Second (MPSF) Second 2005 21-2 First (MPSF) First 2006 31-0 First (MPSF) First 2007 26-4 First (MPSF) Second 2008 28-1 First (MPSF) First 2009 23-3 Second (MPSF) Third 2010 24-4 First (MPSF) Third 2011 24-2 Second (MPSF) Second 2012 26-3 First (MPSF) Second 2013 26-3 First (MPSF) Second

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