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
Ranked No. 1 in nation after winning NCAA title in 2012
Daniel Ribeiro was named 2012 National Assistant Coach of the Year and Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in his first season as an assistant coach for the Illini after leading them to their first national title since 1989 and fourth straight Big Ten championship.
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
High School: Northern Highlands Regional High School
College: University of Illinois (2008-2011)
2011-present: Assistant Coach, University of Illinois
2012 National Assistant Coach of the Year
2012 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2010 U.S. Visa Championships Gold Medalist - Pommel Horse
U.S. Winter Cup (6th on Pommel Horse, 2010)
2009 Alternate for U.S. World Gymnastics Team
Visa Championships (T-4th on Pommel Horse, T-6th on Floor, 2009)
2007 Junior Olympics National Champion - Pommel Horse
2006 Junior Olympics National Runner-Up - Pommel Horse
Junior Olympics Finalist-Top 36 (All-Around, 2005-07)
2011 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion
2011 Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion
2010 Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion
2009 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion
2008 Big Ten Pommel Horse Champion