Men's Gymnastics

David Sender
David Sender

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Second Season

Alma Mater:
Stanford '08


2012 Season Wrap-Up

Highlights from the national championship run


Ruggeri, Maestas Fight for Olympic Berths at U.S. Trials

Ruggeri takes third on high bar, floor


London Calling for Illini?

Several 2012 Olympic Hopefuls Among Current and Former Illini


London Calling for Illini?

Several 2012 Olympic Hopefuls Among Current and Former Illini


Ruggeri, Maestas, Sender Head to Olympic Trials

Compete for spot on five-man Olympic team


Illini at 2012 Visa Championships

Paul Ruggeri, C.J. Maestas, Yoshi Mori and David Sender competed at the 2012 Visa Championships.

David Sender joined the Illini in 2011-12 as a volunteer assistant coach after a stellar collegiate career of his own at Stanford University. Sender continues to train and is a current member of the U.S. senior national team.

Sender, who was a two-time NCAA champion on vault at Stanford, has had success at the both the national and international levels.

The Arlington Heights, Ill., native was crowned champion in the all-around and on vault at the 2008 U.S. Visa Championships. He also won on vault at the 2006 U.S. Visa Championships and the 2007 and 2005 U.S. Winter Cup Challenges.

Sender, an 11-time U.S. senior national team member, competed for Team USA at the 2006 World Championships and took fourth on vault less than two years later at the 2008 World Cup.

Sender will continue to train in an effort to make the 2012 Olympic team and is currently enrolled in the veterinary program at the University of Illinois.


2011-present: Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Illinois

International Career
2008 U.S. Visa Championships (1st in All-Around, 1st on Vault, 4th on Floor, 4th on High Bar, 5th on Rings)
2008 U.S. Winter Cup (2nd on Floor, 6th in All-Around)
2008 World Cup (4th on Vault)
2007 U.S. Visa Championships (3rd on Rings, 4th on Vault, 5th in All-Around, 5th on Parallel Bars)
2007 U.S. Winter Cup (1st on Vault, 2nd in All-Around, 6th on rings)
2006 World Championships (Team)
2006 U.S. Visa Championships (1st on Vault, 2nd on Floor, 4th in All-Around)
2006 U.S. Winter Cup (4th in All-Around)
2005 U.S. Visa Championships (2nd in All-Around, Floor, Vault)
2005 U.S. Winter Cup (1st on Vault)
2004 U.S. Visa Championships (1st on Vault)

Collegiate Career
2008 NCAA Championships (2nd in team, 2nd on rings, 2nd on vault, 4th all-around)
2007 NCAA Championships (1st on vault, 3rd in team, 4th in all-around, 4th on rings)
2006 NCAA Championships (1st on vault, 3rd in team, 5th on rings, 5th in all-around, 6th on parallel bars)