The University of Nebraska is one of the most tradition-rich programs in men's gymnastics. The Huskers have captured eight NCAA team championships, while earning seven more NCAA runner-up finishes in school history. NU won national titles in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990 and 1994.
Only 17 programs in history have won NCAA men's gymnastics titles, and Nebraska is one of only four schools in the nation to win more than four crowns. Since 1980, the Huskers lead the nation with an amazing seven NCAA team championships, including an astounding five straight titles from 1979 through 1983.
Nebraska National Championship Teams
Jim Hartung (1980 & 1984)
A two-time Olympian, Hartung helped the 1984 U.S. squad to the gold medal. It marked the only time in Olympic history that the U.S. men have claimed the team gold medal. A 22-time NCAA All-American and seven-time NCAA champion as a Husker, Hartung won NCAA all-around titles in 1980 and 1981, was second in 1982 and third in 1979. In addition, Hartung won three straight NCAA still rings titles (1980-82) and two consecutive NCAA parallel bars crowns (1981-82). As a freshman in 1979, Hartung led NU to its first NCAA national championship. During his Husker career, Hartung guided NU to four straight national championships. An Omaha native and South High School graduate, Hartung was a product of the Cahoy School of Gymnastics. In 1982, Hartung became NU's first Nissen Award winner.
Phil Cahoy (1980)
One of three Huskers on the 1980 Francis Allen-coached U.S. Olympic team,Phil Cahoy was a 10-time NCAA All-American at Nebraska. Like Hartung, Cahoy was an Omaha South High School graduate. He trained under his father, Phil Cahoy, Sr., at the Cahoy School of Gymnastics before coming to Nebraska. As a Husker, he was a key figure on four NU squads that won national championships (1980-83). Individually, he was four-time NCAA champion, winning back-to-back NCAA parallel bars and horizontal bar national titles in 1980 and 1981.
Larry Gerard (1980)
One of three Huskers on the Francis Allen- coached 1980 United States Olympic team, Gerard was a seven-time NCAA All-American while at Nebraska. In 1979, Gerard finished fifth in the all-around to help Nebraska win its first national championship.
Jim Mikus (1984)
The alternate for the gold medal winning 1984 U.S. squad, Mikus was a five-time NCAA All-American at Nebraska. He was a valuable contributor for NU's national championship teams in 1981, 1982 and 1983. Mikus was a two-time NCAA All-American on the floor exercise and horizontal bar, and finished fourth in the all-around in 1982.
Scott Johnson (1984 & 1988)
One of two Huskers who was a two-time Olympian, Johnson was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. squad in 1984. An 11-time NCAA All-American as a Husker, Johnson was a three-time national champion. At the 1983 NCAA Championships, Johnson won the floor exercise, parallel bars and horizontal bar national titles and finished second in the all-around.
Wes Suter (1988)
One of three Huskers on the 1988 U.S. Olympic squad, Suter became NU's second Nissen Award winner in 1986. A five-time NCAA All-American at Nebraska, Suter finished his Husker career as a three-time NCAA champion. At the 1985 NCAA Championships, Suter won national titles in the all-around, floor exercise and horizontal bar.
Kevin Davis (1988)
A member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, Davis was a seven-time NCAA All-American for the Huskers. Davis was a two-time NCAA champion, winning parallel bars titles in 1987 and 1988. He helped NU to the 1988 national title, finishing third in the all-around.
Tom Schlesinger (1988)
One of three Huskers on the 1988 U. S. Olympic team, Schlesinger was a seven-time NCAA All-American at Nebraska. At the 1987 NCAA Championships, Schlesinger won the all-around and parallel bars national titles on his way to winning the Nissen Award in 1988.
Trent Dimas (1992)
A standout on the high bar, Dimas won the only U.S. gymnastics medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. He scored a 9.875 on the horizontal bar to claim the gold medal. Although he only competed at Nebraska for one season, Dimas picked up two NCAA All-America awards for the Huskers in 1990, as he placed second in both the floor exercise and horizontal bar. Dimas' gold medal is the only individual gold medal an NU gymnast has won.
Francis Allen (1980 & 1992)
A two-time Olympic team head coach, Francis Allen guided the U.S. team in 1980 and in 1992. During his 32 seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers won eight national titles, including an unprecedented five straight titles from 1979 to 1983, and finished second on seven other occasions. In addition, Allen's gymnasts captured 41 individual titles and three Nissen Awards.