Honors & Awards
- NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Rings, 2015)
- Big Ten Still Rings Medalist (2014)
- NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (2014)
- Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2015)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2013, 2014)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)
- Still Rings: 15.60 (NU Record) (at Big Ten Individual Finals, March 29, 2014)
Following a stellar junior season, Robbie Kocks battled with injuries and illnesses in his final season with the Huskers. Despite his setbacks, Kocks went on to compete in two more meets near the end of the season, including the NCAA Championships team qualifier competition April 9. There, Kocks delivered a season best 14.20 in the final meet of his career, earning the second-highest score of any Husker.
Kocks erupted as a standout performer on the still rings for NU. From the beginning of the season, Kocks consistently became the highest scoring rings performer for the Huskers, earning 14.60 or above in every regular-season meet.
Throughout the course of the season, Kocks set or matched his personal-best rings score five times. He also set the school record on the rings twice in one season.
The native of Lawrenceville, Ga., qualified to the Individual Finals at the Big Ten Championships where he set the most recent still rings school record with a score of 15.60. The score landed him in third place overall on the event, earning him the first Big Ten medal of his career. At the NCAA Team Qualifiers Kocks tied for first on rings after posting a score of 15.20, earning a berth in the Team and All-Around Finals on April 11. The junior notched a 14.80 on the second night of competition, just short of making it into the Individual Event Finals.
In the classroom, Kocks was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester.
Kocks entered his sophomore season with the Huskers as a backup specialist on still rings. The criminal justice major competed in four regular season meets on rings, consistently scoring above a 14.00.
He posted a new career best on rings at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. He competed as the second-to-last ringman in Nebraska’s lineup.
Kocks also competed as a part of the team’s rings lineup at the 2013 NCAA team qualifiers, where he scored a 14.50.
Kocks got his first taste of collegiate competition as a regular in the Huskers’ still rings lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
Kocks competed in 11 meets for the Huskers, including his first appearances at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
Kocks provided consistency in NU’s rings lineup by scoring 12.90 or better in every competition, including four performances of 14.00 or better.
Kocks notched his season best on rings with a 14.50 against Iowa at the Devaney Center on Feb. 24. He posted a solid 14.15 on rings at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City.
He closed his first competitive season with a 13.10 on still rings at the NCAA Team Qualifier in Norman, Okla.
Kocks redshirted in his first season at Nebraska, while working to make the adjustment to collegiate gymnastics. He also worked diligently on improving his skills on both floor exercise and pommel horse.
Before coming to Nebraska, Kocks attended Collins Hill High School, in Suwanee, Ga., where he was coached by Nathan Simmons.
The son of Chris and Lisa Kocks, Robbie was born Nov. 25, 1991, in Mishawaka, Ind. Robbie has two younger brothers, Dylan and Parker. Robbie is a criminology and criminal justice major and earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of his last three semesters. He was Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for men's gymnastics and a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2015.