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Huskers to Hire Ladanyi as Assistant Coach

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska women’s gymnastics Head Coach Heather Brink announced the hiring of Robert Ladanyi on Friday as the newest member of the Nebraska coaching staff.

“We are very excited about Robert joining our staff," Brink said. "He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be beneficial to us in building the future of Nebraska Gymnastics. I look forward to working with him and our staff, as a whole, to create championship teams and a very positive experience for our student-athletes.”


Ladanyi (pronounced lad-an-knee) spent the last two years as an assistant at Utah, helping the Utes to a seventh place finish in the NCAA Semifinals last season as well as a second place ranking vault team score, and top five uneven bars and floor exercise team scores for the 2019 season.  In 2018, he coached Utah’s first individual NCAA vault champion since 1992, his fourth in his 14 years of coaching gymnastics.


Prior to Utah, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Denver where he coached primarily vault and floor, helping the Pioneers to their first team qualification for the NCAA National Championships in 2017 and coached the first NCAA individual National Champion on Floor in Denver’s history. He spent a decade as an assistant at Florida coaching vault, uneven bars and floor exercise for the Gators. While at Florida, Ladanyi helped the Gators reach the NCAA National Championships all 10 years while he was on the staff, winning three National Championships during that time. Individually, he coached two national champions on bars. Throughout his tenure at Florida, he would go on to coach 43 All-Americans on vault, bars and floor.


Before coming to the United States, Ladanyi was head coach of the Romanian Junior National Team and the Romanian club team CSM. Before stepping into collegiate gymnastics, he held various coaching positions in Webster, Texas, Las Vegas and Italy.


He competed with the Romanian National Team before retiring from competition at the age of 19 due to injury. He graduated from the Romanian National School of Coaching with a degree in International High Level Gymnastics. He has two daughters, Gabby and Laila.


“I am very excited to become a part of such a prestigious program,” Ladanyi said. “I hope my knowledge and experience within this sport will elevate Nebraska to an even higher level. I cannot wait to get started and to be a Cornhusker.”


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