Chuck Chmelka enters his eighth season as Nebraska’s head coach prepared to lead the Huskers through their sixth season in the Big Ten. In his last six years as NU’s head coach, he has helped produce four top10 NCAA finishes.
Chmelka looks to continue leading the Huskers to become one of the nation’s top-ranked programs in the years to come. 2016 was a record breaking season for Chmelka’s Huskers. The team shattered school records nearly every week, including total team score, total floor score (twice), total pommel horse score (twice) and total high bar score. Individually, Ethan Lottman and Kyle King broke the program record on pommel horse (15.55) and floor (15.85), respectively.
The Huskers made a run in the postseason as well. Daniel Leal placed second on parallel bars at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Since 1982, Chmelka has been the program director and head coach for the Nebraska School of Gymnastics (NSG) boys team, producing such athletes as former Nebraska All-Americans Dusty Jakub, Blake Bukacek, Derek Leiter, Ryan McEwen, Burkett Powell and Jason Christie. NSG athletes have competed in the Junior Pan American Games, Junior Olympic Nationals, Olympic Festival and have traveled abroad for various competitions (Junior Pacific?Alliance Championships and USA vs. Canada).