2006 - Intern Coach:Bob Rogers begins his first season as an intern assistant and his second season overall as a staff member for the Fighting Illini and head coach Yoshi Hayasaki. In 2004, Rogers was a student coach with the Illini after being a four-time letterwinner in gymnastics from 2001-2004. Rogers was the 2004 NCAA pommel horse champion in addition to being a two-time All-America. He earned the honor as a junior on the floor exercise and on pommel horse as a senior. Rogers was also a finalist for the Nissen-Emery award, annually given to the best senior gymnast in the nation.
Rogers was the team MVP his senior year, as well as having a 3.724 GPA, making him an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Rogers specialized in three events: the floor exercise, pommel horse and high bar. Two career highs were set as a senior - one on the floor exercise and the other on the pommel horse. Rogers' career best on the high bar came as a sophomore against Illinois-Chicago. Rogers' two best scores on the pommel horse came in the NCAA event finals and the Big Ten event finals helping lead the team to the 2004 Big Ten championship and a third place NCAA finish.
As a student coach, Rogers works to gain coaching experience by assisting with all aspects of the team, including in-the-gym training as well as strength and conditioning.
Rogers was born on June 8, 1982 in Milwaukee, Wis. Prior to coming to Illinois, Rogers competed for the Swiss Turners Club, coached by Stacey Maloney and Andrie Kan. Rogers helped the club go undefeated for four consecutive years.
2004 - Senior: Became NCAA Pommel Horse National Champion with a career-high 9.775 performance at the NCAA Event Finals earning him All-America honors for the second straight season...Scored a 9.700 on horse in the NCAA Team Finals to advance to the Event Finals and also set a floor exercise career-high with a 9.400 in the Team finals...After scoring a 9.600 on horse at the Big Ten Championships to help boost the Illini to the title, he earned a 9.750 on the event at the Event Finals to finish second behind teammate Ben Newman...Also advanced to the Big Ten Event finals on floor after scoring a 9.325 in the Team Competition - he finished fifth in the finals with a 9.200...Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, which is awarded to the top senior gymnast each season...In addition to the NCAA Title, won one other event title on the season - floor exercise vs Illinois-Chicago - and collected nine top-3 finishes...In addition to floor exercise and pommel horse, he also competed on high bar in every meet, earning a season high of 9.350 vs. Temple...Ended the ranked No. 3 in the nation on pommel horse and No. 10 in the nation on floor exercise...Team co-captain...Voted the team's Most Valuable Gymnast by his teammates...Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, was a CGA All-America Schloar Athlete and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection with a 3.724 GPA in Kinesiology.
2003 - Junior: Team Captain earned All-American recognition for scoring a 9.1 in the floor exercise, good for sixth place, at the NCAA championships... Placed in the top three ten times during the year... Won the pommel horse at Temple (9.4) and the same event versus Penn State and Iowa with a score of 9.4 as well... Placed in top three in seven out of 14 times in the pommel horse... Set new career highs in the floor exercise, with a 9.25 at the NCAA team finals, and a 9.5 in the pommel horse versus Ohio State, where he placed eighth and second, respectively... Competed in all but one match in the floor exercise and pommel horse, while also competing in all but three matches in the high bar event... Season high in the high bar ws 9.2 which was tied for 12th at the NCAA team finals... Academic All-American holds a 3.686 GPA in Kinesiology.
2002 - Sophomore: Finished in the top three 16 times in three different events, including five first place finishes...Opened up the season by taking first on the high bar with a 9.250 at the Windy City Invitational...Took first on both the floor exercise and high bar at Illinois-Chicago with a scores of 9.050 and 9.550 respectively...Scored a career high 9.100 on the floor exercise at Ohio State the next week...Finished up the season with back to back firsts on the high bar at Iowa (9.550) and vs. UIC (9.600, career high)...Advanced to the high bar finals at the Big Ten Championships with a prelim score of 9.475 before taking fourth in the final...Competed on the floor exercise, pommel horse and high bar at the NCAA Championships scoring a career high of 9.350 on the pommel horse...Named as a College Gymnastics Association All-American Scholar Athlete...Selected to Academic All-Big Ten Team
2001 - Freshman: Against Stanford/Arizona State, received an 8.55 on floor ... Scored an 8.85 on high bar at the UCLA Invitational ... Set two career highs against Illinois-Chicago on high bar (9.00) and floor (8.85) ... Competed on pommel horse against Ohio State ... Placed seventh on floor at No. 1 Michigan with an 8.65 ... Led the Illini on pommel horse by taking second with his 8.50 against Minnesota ... Made collegiate debut at Windy City Invitational.
High School/Club: Competed at the U.S. Junior National/Olympic Trial meet in St. Louis during the fall of 2000 ... Competed for the Swiss Turners Club ... Coaches were Stacey Malone and Andrie Kan ... Club team went undefeated for four consecutive years ... Competed at USA Championships and placed 10th in 1999 and sixth in 2000 in the all-around ... Member of the Junior National team.
Personal: Robert J. Rogers was born on June 8, 1982 in Milwaukee, Wis ... The son of Jay and Carol Rogers ... Made the honor roll all four years of high school ... Blaine Wilson is his favorite athlete becasue he is a great competitor and has attitude ... Biggest thrill in sports is obtaining a goal that you have set ... Has one brother and sister.
Rogers' career highs