Friday, June 5, 2009

Sad News for Nebraska Fans...

I don't usually do Men's gymnastics, but breaking news today is that Francis Allen, the longtime coach of the Nebraska Huskers gymnastics team has announced he is retiring.

He told journalists that he knew it was time to go a few years ago when he made seasons highlights tapes for his team members, handed them to them, and the guys just looked askance. They thanked him, and said their parents might enjoy watching them. The tapes were VHS. Not one single member of the team owned a video player.... except Francis!

Francis began coaching at Nebraska in 1969, took them to many National Championships, coached two Olympic Teams and coached Trent Dimas to his high bar gold.

He is now, at the ripe old age of 66 saying godbye to the sport, but not before helping Nebraska find another coach for their men's team.

1 comment:

  1. Among many notables, he coached Wes Suter who was 1986 NCAA AA champ and an 88 Olympian. Thanks for doing some men's stuff.