Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass resigns

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 9:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Rob Drass hugs junior Taylor Medrea on Feb. 22 at the Hearnes Center during a meet against Georgia.

COLUMBIA — Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass has resigned his position to pursue other career opportunities, according to a Tuesday evening news release from the MU athletics department.

The release says a national search for a replacement will begin immediately with no timetable set and that Tigers assistant coach Jennifer Green will act as interim head coach until the next coach is chosen.

Drass was head coach at Missouri from 2000-13. His dual-meet record in the 14 seasons was 146-115, and he led the Tigers to the NCAA regional meet 11 consecutive times from 2002 to 2012.

In 2010 he led the team to its first NCAA championship finals, where they finished 12th, making it the team's best season to date. The team also won the program's first regional title that year.

The Tigers had records of 6-9 in 2011, 9-6 in 2012 and 3-11 in 2013, with a conference dual record of 1-11.

With several injuries on the team, the Tigers went 0-7 in their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference and they did not qualify as a team for regionals for the first time since 2001.

"While I will miss Mizzou, I feel now is the right time to turn it (the program) over to someone else," Drass said in the release.

Missouri athletics director Mike Alden praised Drass in the release but put his focus on the future.

"Missouri has increased investment into the gymnastics program, and its expectations are raised as it looks to the future," he said.

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