Men's Gymnastics


Ivan Ivankov
Ivan Ivankov

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
7th Season (2014-15)

12/21/2012

2012 Season Wrap-Up

Highlights from the national championship run

12/07/2012

2013 Men's Gymnastics Season Preview

Ranked No. 1 in nation after winning NCAA title in 2012

05/07/2012

Spring Named Men's Gymnastics National Coach of the Year

Led Illinois to first NCAA title in 23 years

04/29/2012

Illini Gymnasts Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

Maestas, Joannides Named Most Valuable for Respective Teams

04/29/2012

Illini Gymnasts Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

Maestas, Joannides Named Most Valuable for Respective Teams

03/23/2013

Illinois vs. Nebraska (Senior Day)

The No. 6 Illini suffered a 425.400-424.250 loss to No. 11 Nebraska on March 23.

03/09/2013

Illinois vs. Minnesota (Match Play)

The Illini took down Minnesota, 21-9, in a match play meet on March 8, 2013.

Ivan Ivankov is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Illini in 2013-14. He is a four-time Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2012 National Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2012, Ivankov was named National Assistant Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year after helping Illinois to its first national title since 1989 and fourth consecutive Big Ten title.

In 2011, Ivankov helped Illinois to its third straight Big Ten title and a third-place finish at NCAAs, where four Illini earned All-America status and two were crowned champion on individual events. For his efforts, he garnered his third straight Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor.

In 2010, he earned his second Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolade for his role in helping the Illini to an 11-1 regular season mark and a second consecutive Big Ten title.

Following his stint as a visiting assistant in 2009, he was promoted to assistant coach after helping Illinois to a Big Ten title, fifth-place finish at NCAAs and three individual NCAA crowns to earn Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors along with Justin Spring.

The 1994 and 1997 World All-Around Champion and two-time Olympian, Ivankov spent five years as a men's team coach at the Bart Connor Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Okla. During his time there he was coach to Rohan Sebastian, a Level 10 gymnast representing Ireland at the 2007 Junior European championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

One of the most decorated gymnasts in the world, Ivankov won 10 World Championship medals, including three gold. The Minsk, Belarus, native competed at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics. He retired from international competition in 2006 after competing at the World Championships. Ivankov achieved the highest athletic level "Master of Sport" in his native land.

The Ivankov File

Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, University of Illinois, 2009-present
Visiting Assistant Coach, University of Illinois, 2009
Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, 2003-2008

Coaching Honors
2012 National Assistant Coach of the Year
2012 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2011 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2010 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2009 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year

Competition Highlights
2004, Olympic Games, Athens, Greece - Parallel Bars, 4th
2004, European Championships - Team, 3rd
2003, European Championships - Team, 2nd
2002, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - High bar, 2nd
2001, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Team, 1st; All-Around, 2nd; Parallel Bars, 3rd
2000, Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia - All-Around, 4th; Parallel Bars, 5th; Rings, 5th
1998, Goodwill Games - All-Around, 1st
1997, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - All-Around, 1st; Team, 2nd; Still Rings, 3rd
1996, European Championships - All-Around, 1st
1994, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - All-Around, 1st; High Bar, 3rd
1994, European Championships - Team 1st; All-Around, 1st
1993, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Still Rings, 3rd

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