Justin Spring just wrapped up his eighth season at the helm and 12th season overall with the Illinois men's gymnastics program.
In eight seasons as the head coach of the Fighting Illini, Spring has guided nine gymnasts to NCAA event titles, including two NCAA champions in both 2010 and 2011. The Illini have racked up 65 All-America honors in Spring's eight years. He was named National Coach of the Year in 2012 after guiding Illinois to its 10th NCAA team championship. At 28, he was the youngest coach in NCAA history to earn National Coach of the Year honors.
Spring, a former Illini standout, had an amazing year in 2008 that culminated with winning a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Along with his teammates, Spring defied all odds as the U.S. men brought home the bronze medal and surprised everyone, except themselves.
Spring graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in speech communication and earned his master's in recreation, sports and tourism in 2014. Spring and his wife, Tori, sons, Cody and Elliot, and daughter, Callie, reside in Champaign, Ill.