Chuck Chmelka
Position: Head Coach
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: South
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 1982
Experience: 22 Years
Phone: 402-472-6476

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 College Gymnastics Association West Region Assistant Coach of the Year
  • Three-Time National Championship Team Member
  • 1981 U.S. National Team Member
  • Nebraska School of Gymnastics Program Director
  • USAG Junior National Staf
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced that long-time Cornhusker assistant Chuck Chmelka (pronounced Sha-MILK-a) was named head coach of the Nebraska men's gymnastics program. Chmelka succeeded Francis Allen, who retired after 40 years as the program’s head coach.

Chmelka has deep ties to the tradition-rich Nebraska gymnastics program. He served as an assistant under Allen since 1986 and assisted with three of the Huskers' eight national team championships. Chmelka also competed at Nebraska from 1978 to 1981 and was a member of the Huskers' first three national championship teams in 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Since Chmelka joined the staff in 1986, he has coached Nissen-Emery Award winners Wes Suter (1986) and Tom Schlesinger (1988) and helped Nebraska win eight conference crowns. Chmelka was named the 2007 CGA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year and, most recently, was named a finalist for the 2009 CGA West Region Assistant Coach-of-the-Year award.

Since 1982, Chmelka has been the program director and head coach for the Nebraska School of Gymnastics (NSG) boys’ team, producing such athletes as former Nebraska All-Americans Dusty Jakub, Blake Bukacek, Derek Leiter, Ryan McEwen, Burkett Powell and Jason Christie. 


NSG athletes have competed in the Junior Pan American Games, Junior Olympic Nationals, Olympic Festival and have traveled abroad for various competitions (Junior Pacific Alliance Championships and USA vs. Canada).


After completing his eligibility at NU, Chmelka was a volunteer assistant coach while finishing his bachelor’s degree in community health, which he earned in 1982.  In 1988, Chmelka added a bachelor of science degree in education.


An Omaha South graduate and product of Omaha Sokol and the legendary Phil Cahoy Sr., Chmelka was a high school and collegiate teammate of Husker Olympians Jim Hartung and Phil Cahoy Jr.


Chmelka is married to former Husker gymnast and Lincoln native Kim Grabowski.  A four-year letterwinner, Grabowski helped the Huskers win the 1983 Big Eight Championship and was crowned the all-around champion the same year. The couple has one son, Alex, who is an aspiring gymnast.


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