Wilner Dominates Rings
Teams to square off Saturday at 9 p.m. CT
Earns second career weekly conference accolade
Illinois won 21 of 30 head-to-head matchups under Spring's experimental format
Highlights from the national championship run
Daniel Ribeiro enters his third year as an assistant coach for the Illini men's gymnastics program. He earned National Assistant Coach of the Year and Central Region Coach of the Year honors in 2012 after helping lead the Illini to their first national championship since 1989 and fourth-consecutive Big Ten championship.
In just two years as an assistant coach, Ribeiro has helped oversee a program that has produced three national champions, 11 All-Americans, three Big Ten Champions, and a Big Ten Gymnast of the year.
As a member of the Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team from 2008-11, Ribeiro won two NCAA titles on pommel horse (2009, 2011) and was a three-time captain, starting his sophomore year.
The Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., native is also a three-time Big Ten pommel horse champion, taking the conference crown in his freshman (2008), junior (2010) and senior (2011) seasons while earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades in each of those years as well.
Ribeiro's success was not limited to the collegiate stage, however, as the former All-American captured pommel horse gold at the 2010 U.S. Visa Championships between his junior and senior seasons.
Ribeiro also garnered academic honors during his time at Illinois, earning a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten list in 2010 and 2011 and achieving College Gymnastics Association All-America Scholar-Athlete status in 2010.
THE RIBEIRO FILE