HEATHER BRINK | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Heather Brink is in her third season as Nebraska's associate head coach and her seventh season as a member of the Husker coaching staff in 2018. An 11-time All-American at NU, Brink is the Huskers' beam coach and assists with floor choreography and has numerous responsibilities including recruiting, travel accommodations and academics.
She has not only helped develop one of the most talented beam squads in the nation during her tenure on Nebraska's staff, but Brink has also demonstrated unprecedented leadership in and out of the gym. With over 30 years of gymnastics experience, Brink plays an important role in recruiting, program development and team building. Her dedication to the rich program tradition is unparalleled, as she looks to continue leading the Huskers to success in the years to come.
Brink helped Nebraska to a seventh-place national finish in 2017, and guided the Huskers on their way to a Big Ten regular season championship. She coached Danielle Breen to second-team All-America honors on beam, as Breen finished tied for sixth at the NCAA Semifinal with a score of 9.900. The Husker beam squad came up clutch in two of NU's most important meets of the season, as Nebraska finished on the event at both the B1G Five meet and the NCAA Lincoln Regional. At the B1G Five meet, NU clinched the Big Ten regular season title following Grace Williams' career-high 9.95. The Huskers needed a strong beam performance at the regional to advance to the NCAA Championships, and Williams posted a 9.90 and Breen scored a career-high 9.95 to seal the trip to nationals. At the NCAA Semifinal, NU posted a season-high 49.3000 on the event, led by Breen's score. Brink also helped Ashley Lambert to a pair of second-team All-America honors on vault and floor and Sienna Crouse to first-team recognition on vault.
In 2016, Brink's first season as associate head coach, Nebraska finished eighth nationally at the NCAA Championships. The Huskers' beam squad was among the strongest in the country, ranking in the top-10 for most of the season. Williams captured eight beam titles on the season, including the Big Ten beam title. Brink also helped Hollie Blanske to first-team All-America honors on vault and second-team All-America honors on floor exercise and in the all-around.
In 2015, Brink helped guide the Huskers to an eighth-place national finish and a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Nebraska's beam lineup posted a season-high score of 49.475 at the B1G Five qualifier, while the Huskers captured six individual beam titles on the season. Brink was instrumental in helping to develop Blanske, Jessie DeZiel and Lambert into All-America performers in the 2015 season.
Brink helped Nebraska's beam lineup to a record-breaking performance at the 2014 NCAA Championships, as the Huskers posted a 49.450 to secure their spot in the Super Six finals. In addition, Blanske, DeZiel, Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong took home All-America honors on the event. NU collected nine event titles on beam including a Big Ten champion in Wong.
Brink contributed to Nebraska's continued success in 2013 as the Huskers claimed 13 beam titles including the Big Ten Championship beam title with Wong and Jennifer Lauer posting 9.90 scores. Wong went on to claim second-team All-America accolades on the event.
In her first season as an assistant with the Huskers in 2012, Brink helped coach Wong to first-team All-America honors on beam. Brink's assistance with NU's floor routines also guided DeZiel to first-team All-America honors and Wong to second-team honors on the event.
Brink, who competed for the Huskers from 1997 to 2000, permanently etched her name in the Nebraska record books by winning two national titles at the 2000 NCAA Championships in Boise, Idaho. Brink became the first Husker female to win an all-around national title and the second to win a vault national title in leading the Huskers to the Super Six Finals and a fourth-place national finish. Brink was selected as the Honda Award winner in 2000, representing the nation's top female collegiate gymnast. Brink owns the third-highest uneven bars score in program history and the eighth-highest all-around score. She became the first Husker gymnast to score a 10.0, and recorded three perfect scores during her senior season. She closed her collegiate career as one of the most decorated gymnasts in school history, earning two NCAA titles, 11 All-America awards, six regional titles and eight conference crowns. Brink was inducted into the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Prior to joining the Nebraska staff, Brink worked for Ameritas in Lincoln as a pension administration specialist. Brink is a 2001 graduate of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in business administration and human resource management. Heather and her husband, Jon, have a two sons, Jaxon and Hunter.
RUSSELL WARFIELD | VOLUNTEER COACH
Russell Warfield is in his fourth year as a volunteer assistant coach at Nebraska in 2017-18. Warfield assists with the Huskers' floor choreography, tailoring each routine toward the specific athlete. NU is known nationally and throughout the Big Ten for its outgoing floor routines.
Warfield was instrumental in helping the Huskers to a seventh-place finish in 2017. He aided Ashley Lambert in capturing second-team All-America honors with her explosive and fun-filled floor routine in 2017.
In 2016, Warfield helped lead the Huskers to another NCAA Championships appearance, as the Huskers finished eighth overall. He also helped guide Hollie Blanske, who was known for a powerful floor routine, to second-team All-America honors on floor exercise.
In Warfield's first season with NU, he helped coach Blanske to first-team All-America recognition on floor, while Ashley Lambert captured second-team All-America honors on floor.
Warfield's background includes coaching and a lifetime of beautiful choreography and performing at multiple levels. A former collegiate gymnast, he boasts experience in coaching gymnasts at various clubs, universities, camps and clinics across the country. Warfield spent many years as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Georgia as well as a year with UCLA. He has taught at multiple training camps including Woodward, Flipfest and Junior Olympic national training camps. He has choreographed some of the nation's best, including various J.O. national champions, 11 floor champions, Olympic, World Championships and Pan American Games competitors.
Warfield is a native of Middletown, Ohio, and attended Ball State University.
CHRIS BROOKS | ASSISTANT COACH
Chris Brooks enters his first season as Nebraska’s assistant coach in 2018. He will coach NU’s vault and floor squads.
Brooks, who announced his official retirement from competition in August of 2017, is a former Olympic gymnast. He was named to the five-man United States men’s gymnastics Olympic team and competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The United States finished in fifth place overall at the 2016 Olympic Games, while Brooks finished 14th in the individual men’s all-around competition.
At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Brooks finished in first on the parallel bars, while finishing second in the all-around and on high bar as he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
In one of his final competitions before his retirement, Brooks finished first on high bar at the 2017 Winter Cup.
Brooks was a member of the U.S. World Championship Team in both 2010 and 2015, while serving as an alternate in 2011. He finished sixth on high bar at both the 2010 and 2015 World Championships.
Brooks won four gold medals and a silver medal at the Pacific Rim Championships in 2012, winning the team championship, all-around, still rings, high bar, while finishing second on pommel horse. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning squad in the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships team competition.
He won gold on high bar at the U.S. National Championships three times, in 2006, 2010 and 2015. Brooks also took silver on the parallel bars at the 2010 U.S. National Championships. He also posted silver-medal-winning performances in 2011 on high bar and in 2015 on parallel bars at the U.S. National Championships, while winning bronze on parallel bars in 2011 and 2012 and in the all-around in 2015.
At the 2016 P&G Championships, he finished first on parallel bars and second in the all-around and on high bar, while taking in first on high bar, second on parallel bars and third in the all-around at the 2015 P&G Championships. He also won the all-around competition at the Winter Cup twice, in both 2011 and 2014.
Brooks was also an accomplished gymnast at the collegiate level. He was a four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma where he was a seven-time All-American. With the Sooners, Brooks led his team to an NCAA title in 2008, and a third-place team finish in 2009. He finished third on floor exercise as a senior in 2009.