Aug. 30, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri Gymnastics program and head coach Rob Drass have announced the hiring of Louis Robinson Jr. as the program's new Assistant Coach. Robinson will coach the Tigers on vault and also assist on the uneven bars, in addition to serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. Robinson will bring a wealth of experience to Mizzou as he was the owner of Midwest Gymnastics and has served as an assistant coach at both Florida and Michigan.
"We are really excited to bring Louis in," head coach Rob Drass said. "Louis will bring in valuable experience as he has previously coached in the SEC and in the Big Ten Conference, and his experience has contributed to several trips to the National Championships. We are very excited to have Louis join us in the competitive arena and in practice and we are looking forward to the upcoming season."
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Robinson was a member of the school's 1982-83 national champion cheerleading squad. In 2001, Robinson returned to his alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach for the gymnastics program, coaching primarily on the uneven bars. Robinson previously served as the owner and head coach of Midwest Gymnastics, located in Dublin, Ohio. Alongside his wife, Carol, Robinson has coached over 70 national qualifiers, six national champions, five Junior Olympic national team members and had 14 of his gymnasts receive NCAA Division I scholarships.
Robinson is familiar to the Southeastern Conference as he worked as an assistant coach with the Florida Gators during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. While at Florida, Robinson helped coach the team to two NCAA Championship appearances and an NCAA Super Six appearance. With the Michigan Wolverines, Robinson also helped the team reach Nationals in 2007. At the meet, two Wolverine gymnasts were named All-Americans as well.
"I am very excited to join the staff at the University of Missouri," Robinson said. "During my interview process I was very impressed with the academic and athletic support that was shown for all sports at the university. To be joining the staff as we embark on the new opportunity presented by joining the SEC, by far the strongest gymnastics conference in the nation, makes it even more exciting. Every meet will be challenging and will help our student-athletes become stronger competitors as we strive to beat some of the best teams in the nation week after week."
Robinson and his wife have two sons, Jordan and Cory.
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