Four New Gymnasts Sign National Letters of Intent
Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team has added four more gymnastics to the 2019 recruiting class Head Coach Chuck Chmelka announced on Friday, after receiving national letters of intent from Cooper Giles, Dylan Young, Kenji Tamane and Samuel Phillips.
Cooper Giles, the 2018 pommel horse national champion from Lake Zurich, Ill., will join the Huskers after training at Premier Gymnastics Academy in Downers Grove, Ill. He is coached by Olympic All Around champion, Paul Hamm and former Bulgarian Olympic coach, Georgi Videnov. He is bringing an already impressive gymnastics resume, as a four-time Junior Olympic National competitor and a national medalist on floor, pommel horse and in the all-around.
Giles is the son of Stewart Giles and Cheri Rose and is the younger brother of current Husker freshman, Charlie Giles. Giles attends Lake Zurich High School and is a two-time Academic All-American. In his free time, Giles likes playing video games, basketball and football.
“I chose Nebraska because of the great team atmosphere and the amazing coaches,” Giles said. “Also the opportunity that Nebraska gives me to succeed as an athlete and a student is like no other.”
WATCH: Cooper Giles Action Video
Dylan Young, a 2018 Junior Olympics National Championship all-around medalist, will join the Huskers after competing for Waller’s Gymjam in Santa Clarita, Calif. Young placed fourth at the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships and was a Junior National Team Member in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Young is the son of Jason and Randalyn Young and has one older sister named Allison Young. Young attends John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif. and has been an honor roll student for 3 years. He also enjoys hanging out with friends and playing video games.
“I chose Nebraska because of the team brotherhood, great academics and the amazing coaches,” Young said. “Nebraska continues to get better and better and I couldn’t be more excited to help this team achieve their goals.”
WATCH: Dylan Young Action Video
Kenji Tamane, the 2018 junior national champion on still rings, will join the Huskers after training at the Toronto Gymnastics International club. Tamane was named to the Junior National team in 2018 after finishing third in the all-around competition at the 2018 National Championships. Tamane becomes the fourth Canadian gymnasts to sign with the Huskers in the last four years joining Jake Bonnay (Burlington, Ontario), Jonathan Scripnick (Milton, Ontario) and Mitch Tyndall (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan).
Tamane is the son of Amanda McKinnie and the late Alan Tamane. He has two sisters, Louise and Michiko as well as an older brother Colin, a gymnast in his own right and a driving force behind Kenji's success.
“I chose Nebraska as they made me feel like I would really be a part of the team,” Tamane said. “As a bonus, the team also has several other Canadians. I’m also very excited about the new facility being built in time for my freshman year.”
WATCH: Kenji Tamane Action Video
Samuel Phillips, the 2015 and 2016 national all-around champion, will join the Huskers after competing for Gymnastics Olympics USA, in Van Nuys, Calif. Phillips was a Junior National Team member from 2014 to 2017 and claimed first place on high bar at the 2017 U.S Championships.
Sam is the son of Joseph C. Phillips and Nicole Phillips. He has two older brothers: Connor Phillips and Ellis Phillips. Sam attends Connections Academy where he has been on honor roll three times. He also enjoys cooking and hanging out with friends.
“I chose Nebraska because of the family-like team, the smart and talented coaches and amazing student-athlete benefits,” Phillips said. “Nebraska is constantly improving and I want to help and be a part of this rising team.”
WATCH: Samuel Phillips Action Video