HEATHER BRINK | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Heather Brink enters her second season as Nebraska’s associate head coach and her seventh season as a member of the Husker coaching staff. 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.
In Brink’s first season as associate head coach, Nebraska finished eighth nationally with a record of 31-12. The Huskers’ beam squad was among the strongest in the country, ranking in the top-10 for most of the season. Grace 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 Ashley 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 2011, 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.
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 (10) and Hunter (5).
RUSSELL WARFIELD | VOLUNTEER COACH
Russell Warfield enters his third year as a volunteer assistant coach at Nebraska in 2016-17.
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.
In 2016, Warfield helped lead the Huskers to another NCAA Championships appearance and a 31-12 overall record. 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.