COMO YOU KNOW: Shannon Welker

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Shannon Welker is the head gymnastics coach at Missouri. Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Welker attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he competed for four years as a gymnast. Prior to coaching at Missouri, Welker was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, which finished in the top-15 each year Welker was a coach.


Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Missouri Gymnastics Head Coach

Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998

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Welker competed as a gymnast for four years at the UIC, earning All-American honors 1996. His first coaching job was at the St. Louis Gymnastic Center, where he was the head women's gymnastics coach and program director for nine years. 

As an assistant at Bowling Green State University, Welker helped coach two gymnasts to NCAA Regionals. From there, he went on to coach at Michigan for five years. At Michigan, Welker primarily coached vault and the floor exercise, in addition to handling most recruiting responsibilities. Michigan won three national championships while Welker was an assistant.

Updated: May 9, 2014

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