Blend of youth and experience starts Illini ranked No. 18 in preseason poll
Season in Review
Illinois Hosts First-Ever Regional Saturday at 4 p.m. at Assembly Hall
Illini and Hawkeyes Square Off Saturday at 5 p.m.
Illini Host Opener at Huff Hall for First Time since 2001
Photos from the Illinois women's gymnastics meet vs. Minnesota
Rodney Gust, who owns 17 years of coaching experience, came to Illinois in 2011, following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Yale University. In the gym, he serves as the vault and floor coach for the Illini.
In the 2011-12 season, Gust mentored sophomore Amber See to a No. 22 national ranking on floor with a RQS of 9.885, including six individual crowns in the event. In addition, See achieved the second highest vault score in Illini history when she posted a 9.925. As a team, Illinois finished ranked No. 20 in floor and No. 28 in vault with a combined 17 individual titles in those events.
At Yale, Gust coached the 2010 ECAC Gymnast of the Year along with the vault school-record holder during his tenure. Gust also spent 14 years coaching at the club level in Missouri, spending the majority of the time at Great American Gymnastics Express followed by one year at Flipz USA. Many gymnasts, under his direction, went on to compete successfully at Division I level collegiate programs throughout the country.
Gust's efforts as an elite level coach have helped produce two Silver Medalists at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He has also coached a member of the 2007 World Championship Gold Medal Team. In addition, his mentoring and coaching skills have helped produce Regional, State and National champions.
THE GUST FILE
Education: University of Missouri
Bachelor of General Studies, 2009
Assistant Coach, University of Illinois - 2011-present
Assistant Coach, Yale University - 2009-2011
Assistant Coach, Flipz USA - 2008-2009
Assistant Coach, Great American Gymnastics Express - 1995-2008