Adam Pummer rejoins the Illinois men's gymnastics team as a volunteer coach for the 2007 season. One of Illinois' most highly touted gymnasts, Pummer looks to help the Fighting Illini to a national title in his new role on the staff. Pummer was a four-year letterwinner at Illinois and was the 2006 NCAA parallel bars runner-up. In addition to his All-America status, Pummer served as co-captain alongside Justin Spring in his junior and senior campaigns.
During his senior season, Pummer earned All-America accolades for his second-place finish on parallel bars and sixth-place finish on floor exercise at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Pummer notched a 9.450 on parallel bars to finish runner-up to Spring, and a 9.350 on floor exercise. Pummer has a total of eight All-America honors after earning four in 2005 (FX, VT, PB and HB) and two in 2004 (PB and HB). Overall, Pummer finished the 2006 season with 12 event titles and 19 top-three finishes.
As a volunteer coach, Pummer will work alongside his former teammates and coaches to gain coaching experience and assist the team in all aspects, including in-the-gym training, strength and conditioning and competition routines.
Pummer was born on December 8, 1983, and is a native of Allentown, Pa.
2006 Parallel Bar Runner-Up
2006 All-American (Parallel Bars and Floor Exercise)
2005 All-American (Floor Exercise, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar)
2005 USA Gymnastics' Winter Cup Champion (Floor Exercise)
2004 All-American (Floor Exercise and Vault)
2004 Academic All Big Ten
Earned All-American accolades for his second-place finish on parallel bars and sixth-place finish on floor exercise at the NCAA Championships...Finished career with eight All-American honors...Missed Big Ten Championships due to injury...Had 12 event titles in 2006 and 19 top three finishes...Tied career-high 9.750 on high bar against Army (3/11)...Scored a season-high 54.450 to claim the all-around title against Army (3/11) in his first time of competing in all events...Notched three first-place finished in the floor exercise...carded seven top three finishes in parallel bars, including three first-place finishes.
Qualified for the NCAA Championship event finals on floor exercise, vault, parallel bars and high bar...Tied for third on high bar (9.475), placed sixth and with a 9.775 on parallel bars against Ohio State...Posted a career-high 9.700 on floor to take first place in the event against Penn State...Gold medal winner at USA Gymnastics Winter Cup on floor exercise with a score of 8.950...Had first place finishes on parallel bars (9.350) and high bar (9.450) at the Aquafina Pacific Coast Classic...Was a double-winner against Temple, placing first on vault (9.650) and parallel bars (9.500)...Scored another 9.650 on the vault against Iowa to tie his career high and the school record that he shares with the teammate Justin Spring...Claimed the high bar title at the season opening Windy City Invite with 9.700...Finished the season ranked No. 2 on vault, No. 4 on parallel bars and No. 5 on floor exercise in the nation.
Finished second on vault (9.637) and sixth on floor exercise (9.312) at the NCAA event finals to become an All-American on both events...Scored a 9.650 on vault at the NCAA team finals, tying Justin Spring's UI school record on the event...Advanced to the Big Ten event finals on floor after setting a career high and leading the field with a 9.700 in the team finals...Also advanced to the finals on vault with a 9.425...Wound up finishing seventh on both events in the finals...Finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation on floor exercise, No. 9 on parallel bars and high bar and No. 13 on vault...Won two event titles on the season - floor at the Big Ten Team Finals (9.700) and vault at Iowa (9.600) - and finished in the top-three on 18 occasions...Competed at the prestigious U.S.A.G Winter Cup and took 13th on pommel horse (career-high 9.150), 17th on vault (9.325) and 33rd in the all-around (51.025)...Competed in the all-around in five meets with a top score of 52.925 coming at Big Tens...Set career-highs on all six events - 9.700 floor at the Big Ten Championships, 9.150 on pommel horse at the Winter Cup, 8.900 on rings at Oklahoma and at NCAA Qualifier, 9.650 on vault at NCAA Team Finals, 9.600 on p-bars at Oklahoma and 9.650 on high bar at Iowa...Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Placed second on vault at the Big Ten Event Finals with a career-high score of 9.525...Finished 11th in the all-around at the NCAA Championships (52.800)...Placed in the Top-3 on an event 22 times, including eight wins...Had his best meet of the year vs. No. 1 Oklahoma, winning three events, the all-around (54.575 - career-high), floor exercise (9.300 - career-high) and vault (9.400 - career-high), while also setting a career-high of 9.325 on high bar to take third...Career-high of 9.050 on pommel horse was set vs. Ohio State, where he took fourth place... Won the vault at UIC (9.350)... Won two parallel bars titles, once at Temple (9.200) and the other at the Southwest Cup (9.250 - career-high)...Won the high bar at UIC (8.950)...In addition to the all-around win vs. Oklahoma, he also won the AA vs. Ohio State (53.100) and took second on three separate occasions.
2002 Junior Olympic National All-Around Champion...Was on the first-place Junior Pan Am Games team in 2000 and took third vault and fifth on the parallel bars as an individual...Finished third on the floor exercise and third on the high bar while taking seventh in the all-around at the 2000 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships...Was fourth on the floor exercise and fourth in the all-around at the 2000 Junior Olympic Nationals... participated in the 1999 Igor Korobchinshy & Grigoriy Misiutin Cup in the Ukraine and finished fifth in the junior all-around while leading the team to a second place finish...Was the floor exercise champion at the John Hancock U.S. Championships in 1999 and also took second on vault, second on p-bars, second on high bar and third in the all-around...Competed club for the Parkettes with coach Joe Stallone.
Born Adam Pummer on December 8, 1983 in Allentown, Pa....Son of Mike and Kathy Pummer...His father is an insurance fraud investigator and his mother works as a medical assistant...Adam has one brother, Travis, who was a gymnast at Temple University...Majoring in Advertising...In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and was an Academic-All-American three times in 1998-2001...Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because he is the best of the best and modest about it...Says Brian Babcock, his former coach, influenced his athletic career the most.
Pummer's Career Highs
FX - 9.700 twice, last vs. PSU 2/12/05
PH - 9.150 at USAG Winter Cup, 2/6/04
SR - 8.900 - twice, last at NCAA Qualifying Session, 4/2/04
VT - 9.650 three times, last vs. Iowa, 3/5/05
PB - 9.775 twice, last at NCAA Team Finals, 4/8/05
HB - 9.750 at NCAA Team Finals, 4/8/05
AA - 54.575 vs. Oklahoma, 3/15/03