Mizzou Announces Shannon Welker as Head Gymnastics Coach

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago May 09, 2013 May 9, 2013 Thursday, May 09 2013 Thursday, May 09, 2013 2:02:00 PM CDT in Tiger Talk

COLUMBIA -- The University of Missouri announced today that former Michigan assistant coach, Shannon Welker has accepted the position of Head Women's Gymnastics Coach at Mizzou. The St. Louis, Mo., native is the third head coach in Mizzou gymnastics history, and brings a wealth of experience to Columbia after spending five years as an assistant coach under Bev Plocki at the University of Michigan and nine years as the head coach and program director at the St. Louis Gymnastic Center.

During his time at Michigan, Welker was primarily responsible for coaching the vault and floor squads in addition to serving as the recruiting coordinator. Welker guided his vault squads to three top-ten finishes during his time at Michigan, and his 2012 vault team finished at No. 11 in the nation. Under his direction, the Michigan floor squads also finished among the nation's top-10 four times. As a team, Michigan closed out the 2013 season ranked at No. 7 in the nation, and Welker assisted the team to a top-15 finish in each of his seasons in Ann Arbor.

Welker has coached five gymnasts to 12 All-American honors while at Michigan including the 2013 NCAA National Floor Champion, Joanna Sampson. He also produced three NCAA Regional Championship floor title winners and back-to-back NCAA Regional Champions on vault. Four of his gymnasts won event titles at the Big Ten Championships, and Welker assisted the Wolverines to three NCAA National Championships as well.

"We are very excited about Shannon and what he brings to the table," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "He's a nationally-respected coach who has a combination of leadership style and recruiting abilities we're looking for at the University of Missouri. His focus on core values during his very successful time at the University of Michigan match up very well with our beliefs. We feel he's got all the tools in place to achieve great things here at Mizzou."

"My family and I are extremely excited about this opportunity to join the University of Missouri Athletics family," Welker said. "I am looking forward to leading the gymnastics program to new levels of success. It is really an ideal situation for me and my family to be able to return to our home state. We are certainly proud to be part of Mizzou's long history of athletic and academic excellence."

Before coaching at Michigan, Welker spent one year as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, where he coached two gymnasts to the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in program history. Before working with the Falcons, Welker served as the head women's gymnastics coach and program director at the St. Louis Gymnastic Center for nine years.

A four-year competitor on the University of Illinois at Chicago men's gymnastics team, Welker served as a team captain for three years and earned NCAA All-American honors in 1996. He was also awarded UIC Athlete of the Year honors that season. Welker spent a year as an assistant men's gymnastics coach for UIC, and was also inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Welker earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Welker and his wife, Molly, have two sons, Ian and Brendan.

More News

Grid
List
CLAYTON (AP) — A judge says attorneys for the city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought... More >>
1 hour ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 8:47:00 PM CDT in News
HOLTS SUMMIT- The Better Business Bureau is warning mid-Missouri about a new scam, where scammers claim to represent Ameren UE.... More >>
3 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 7:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The Boone County Fire Protection District got an upgrade on Friday. It showed off 10 of its shiny... More >>
3 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 7:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The recent heat wave in mid-Missouri has already caused problems with the roads. And now it's causing major... More >>
3 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 6:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Some drivers in Missouri could soon be rolling down the road of the future. The Missouri Department... More >>
3 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Residents of Columbia say they are feeling more satisfied than ever when it comes to calling City Hall... More >>
4 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Your next ride with Uber or Lyft will be different than last time. Governor Nixon signed... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 4:32:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three new troopers have been assigned to Troop F in mid-Missouri, according to Sgt. Scott White of... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 4:11:00 PM CDT in News
TROY (AP) — Authorities say they're searching for an eastern Missouri woman after her husband was found dead from an... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 4:00:20 PM CDT in News
SEDALIA - Gov. Jay Nixon signed three agriculture bills into law Friday evening. He was accompanied by state legislators from... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:53:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police officers do not need a warrant to give a breathalyzer... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
MEXICO - A Missouri State Highway Patrol pursuit of a man on a motorcycle ended in a crash at Highway... More >>
6 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:45:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Bicycle riders in Columbia will have a new place to ride, and traffic could decrease after a new... More >>
7 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:28:01 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Humane Society launched a new Community Outreach Unit Friday to help animals in need throughout... More >>
7 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:16:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Kristie Wolfe, the first president and principal of Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School, has announced her resignation,... More >>
7 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 3:08:00 PM CDT in News
JENNINGS (AP) — A 35-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend at her home.... More >>
8 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 2:06:00 PM CDT in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY – Prosecuting attorney Jacob Shellabarger announces 40-year-old Darran Wade Boston of Mexico was sentenced 527 years in prison.... More >>
8 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 1:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
FULTON — State officials say construction of the first phase of the new Fulton State Hospital is completed. ... More >>
9 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 Friday, June 24, 2016 1:19:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
11pm 79°
12am 79°
1am 78°
2am 77°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
10:00p
Cougar Town
10:30p
Cougar Town
11:00p
Raising Hope

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Ranch: Home of an American Sports Dynasty
8:00p
Gymnastics
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld