Head coach Mike Burns and his assistants earn regional recognition
Senior Ellis Mannon is a model student, athlete and person.
Get to know senior Steve Jaciuk in this edition of Chalk Talk
Minnesota handed out its 2014 team awards Saturday evening
Junior Ellis Mannon led the Gophers at the B1G individual event finals
A four-year letterwinner for the Golden Gophers and a 1973 graduate of the University, Russ Fystrom completed his 34th season as an assistant coach at Minnesota in 2015-16. At the the conclusion of this season, Fystrom was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the year along with his counterpart, Kostya Kolesnikov.
Fystrom recorded an outstanding gymnastics career in his own right. A three-time AAU pommel horse vice champion, he was a captain for the Golden Gophers during the 1973 season. In that same year, Fystrom won the Big Ten pommel horse title. Thirty-four years later he coached Kit Beikmann to that same title, as Beikmann was the 2007 Big Ten Champion on pommel horse.
A national and international certified judge, Fystrom was selected to coach at the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston. After graduating from the U of M in 1973, he taught high school at Edina. He is currently a teacher in the Burnsville school system.
Fystrom was recently voted in as one of two Senior Coaches Representative of the USAG Men's Program Committee (MPC). The MPC determines the direction of the entire Men's Program in the United States and is the most powerful committee in men's gymnastics. The coaches of the current Senior National Team vote for their representative on the MPC.
Fystrom and his wife Janet have three children: twin daughters, Amelia and Martha, and a son, Charles.
"Russ has been one of the most loyal Gopher coaches at Minnesota in his years as an assistant," head coach Mike Burns said. "His knowledge of the FIG Code of Points and how to utilize it in the gym combined with his many years of experience with college gymnastics makes him an invaluable member of our staff."
Local Talent Makes Impact on Gophers' Roster
University of Minnesota men's gymnast, Ryan Bergman, has become a staple competitor for the Gophers in the Parallel bars lineup and hails only 30-minutes down the freeway from the U.
Shashank's Redemption: Journey to Most Improved
University of Minnesota men's gymnastics sophomore Shashank Yallamraju was named the Gophers' Most Improved Gymnast of the 2016 season.
Wittenberg's NCAA Address
Alex Wittenberg was chosen as the student-athlete representative for the 2016 Men's Gymnastics NCAA Championships.