Husker gymnastics coach chose retirement after being approached about ‘compliance issues,’ Bill Moos says

Husker gymnastics coach chose retirement after being approached about ‘compliance issues,’ Bill Moos says
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LINCOLN — Nebraska women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig on Tuesday announced his retirement effective immediately.

Kendig led the Huskers for 25 seasons, winning 14 conference titles and making 12 Super Six Finals appearances. He coached 150 All-Americans.

Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Kendig chose to retire after Moos approached Kendig on Monday with “compliance issues” that NU plans to self-report to the NCAA and could result in violations. Moos wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of violations and wouldn’t rule out that they’ll be major violations. He said Nebraska intends to send them to the NCAA in the “near future.”

“Dan was transparent and good about it,” Moos said of his lengthy Monday conversation with Kendig. At the end of that conversation, Kendig decided to retire. Moos said he learned of the potential violations last week from his staff. He said they’re not related to recruiting or any current member of the program.

Heather Brink, a former NCAA all-around champion and 11-time All-American at Nebraska, will serve as interim coach.

Brink declined any comment on Kendig or the team until she talks to her gymnasts, who are currently on fall break with the rest of the university.

Moos said Brink will get a chance to become the permanent head coach.

“We’ll watch closely and make that decision down the road,” Moos said of whether Brink would become the permanent coach or if NU would search for a new coach.

Nebraska athletics officials said Tuesday that Kendig’s resignation is not related to any student-athlete welfare issue.

“I have had the great fortune of coaching at Nebraska for more than two decades and have cherished every moment of that time,” Kendig said in a release. “My greatest memories will be the opportunity to work with so many talented and high-achieving young women who have excelled in the gym, in the classroom and in the community.

“I have worked with many great people at Nebraska and developed countless life-long friendships. I am proud of what we accomplished and have been blessed with great assistant coaches and student-athletes through the years. I want to thank the great people of Nebraska for the wonderful memories.”

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