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Heredia Named WCGA South Central Assistant Coach of the Year

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. -- In his first year, assistant coach Mike Heredia was named Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association South Central Assistant Coach of the Year announced by the organization Thursday morning. 

Heredia joined the Nebraska coaching staff in July of 2018, where he immediately began to make an impact with the team. Primarily coaching vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, Heredia coached some of the highest scores put up in NU's history. 

"I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of young women. I attribute this recognition to the hard work these athletes put in for me on a daily basis," Heredia said.

Heredia was a student-athlete at Nebraska in 2010, competing on floor exercise and vault. He was a letter winner with the Cornhuskers before transferring to Oklahoma where he became an All-American on vault in 2012. As a Sooner he was also a 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference champion and was part of a team that posted back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012.

During his time in college, Heredia coached at the JO level at various gyms before joining the Iowa men's gymnastics team as an assistant coach in 2013 where he coached two All-Americans and a Big Ten Champion on rings. Before coming to Nebraska, Heredia built Fuzion Gymnastics with his wife Jackie where he would co-own and co-head coach for six years. Heredia sent 14 gymnasts to the collegiate level at various schools including current Nebraska sophomore Anika Dujakovich. 

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