Chad Wiest, a two-time All-American at Illinois, returns to his alma mater as the assistant women's gymnastics coach.
June 27, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini return one of their own as Kim Landrus announced the hiring of former Illinois men's gymnastics standout Chad Wiest as the new assistant coach for the women's gymnastics program. Wiest graduated from Illinois in 2011 and spent two seasons as the vault and floor exercise coach at Bowling Green. Wiest will resume that role with the Orange and Blue.
“I am very excited to add Chad to our coaching staff," said Coach Landrus. "The experience that he brings as an Illinois alum, NCAA athlete, and assistant coach at Bowling Green was exactly what I was looking for during the hiring process. Spending the last two years at Bowling Green has provided him the tools necessary both in recruiting and coaching at this level. His driven personality and desire to achieve excellence will continue to elevate Illinois Gymnastics on the national level. We share a common vision and philosophy that will enable us to achieve success in the upcoming years.”
At Illinois, Wiest was a two-time All-American on floor (2007, 2010), finishing in third place at the NCAA Championships both times. In addition, the Butler, Pa. native was the 2011 floor Big Ten Champion.
In his first year coaching at Bowling Green, Wiest helped the Falcons improve their regional qualifying score by more than three points and qualify a school record four gymnasts to NCAA Regionals. Furthermore, the Falcon floor lineup cracked the nation's Top-20.
In his second season, he coached Bowling Green to a No. 2 ranking in the MAC on floor with the team scoring above a 49.0 in five of their six last meets, including a season best 49.3. On vault, Wiest led Bowling Green gymnast Jamilah Ali to a MAC vault title.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach at Illinois," said Chad Wiest. "It will be great to be back! This team has a lot of potential to continue their success form the past several years and I look forward to being an integral part of the future of Illinois Gymnastics."