Bob Spelic begins his first season as an intern assistant for the Fighting Illini and head coach Yoshi Hayasaki. Spelic will assist with all aspects of the team, including in-the-gym training as well as strength and conditioning. He recently became certified to recruit and may help with recruiting in the futre. Spelic also coaches the Flipping Illini Club Team.
Spelic competed for Hayasaki from 2000-03, earning four varsity letters and serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He began his career as an all-arounder, but due to in an injury in 2002, he competed primarily on the rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar during his senior season with the Illini. Spelic competed at the NCAA Championships in each of his four seasons. The Orange and Blue's best NCAA finish during his career was fifth place in 2003.
Named the team's Most Valuable Gymnast in 2003, Spelic was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, was named a College Gymnatics Association All-American Scholar Athlete in 2002 and was a three-time Geroge Huff Award recipient. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in December of 2003.
Spelic was born on May 25, 1981 in Pittsburg, Pa. He attended Deer Lakes High School in Cheswick, Pa. prior to coming to Illinois. He was a five-time Junior Olympic national qualifier while competing for coach Nick Fabish at USAG.