Honors and Awards
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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).
completing his eligibility at NU, Chmelka was a volunteer assistant coach while
finishing his bachelor’s degree in community health, which he earned 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