Assistant Coach Tim Garrison enters his fifth season at Nebraska, having joined the NU staff in 2006. Garrison serves as the Huskers' vault, floor and conditioning coach. In his first year, he coached two Huskers, Emily Parsons and Michele Zabawa, to three All-America awards on vault and floor. Since then, he has coached Lora Evenstad and Brittany Skinner to three other All-America honors on vault and floor.
Vault and Floor: Sparking Husker Success in 2010
Garrison helped Nebraska's vault and floor lineups continue to dominate in 2010, aiding NU in compiling a 23-8 overall record. Numerous Huskers posted career-highs on vault and floor this season, continually setting the bar high all the way into postseason competition.
On floor, NU jumped ahead of the competition with a total of nine individual titles. The floor team was led by sophomore Lora Evenstad, who took home six top finishes. Junior Maria Scaffidi captured two floor titles, and junior Erin Davis notched an event title of her own on floor in 2010.
On vault, Nebraska added two First-Team All-Americans in Evenstad and freshman Brittany Skinner, while Evenstad captured two vault crowns on the season. Junior Erin Davis had a breakout year, claiming eight vault crowns and posting a perfect 10.0 on the event against Minnesota and Illinois. She was also an All-Big 12 selection. Junior Maddie Steinauer added two individual vault titles of her own, including at the Big 12 Championships with teammates Davis and Evenstad.
Garrison served as head coach for 10 years (1996 to 2006) at the Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy (SCEGA) and represented the United States as a coach in multiple international meets. While at SCEGA, he coached numerous elite gymnasts, including former UCLA competitor Jalynne Dantzscher, current Bruin Brittani McCullough and former All-American Rachel Tidd of Utah. Ten of Garrison's former students are currently competing in college gymnastics.
In 2001, Garrison coached Tidd to the World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, where she captured a team bronze and finished eighth on beam. Garrison also guided Tidd to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and she placed 10th in the all-around.
Prior to his tenure at SCEGA, Garrison coached at SCATS Gymnastics in Orange County, Calif., from 1994 to 1996. He also served as an assistant coach to the women's gymnastics team at Cal State Fullerton from 1992 to 1994. In 1989, Garrison coached at Karolyi's Gymnastics in Houston, Texas, alongside famed former U.S. Olympic Team coach Bela Karolyi.
With nearly two decades of coaching experience, Garrison has garnered five Southern California Coach-of-the-Year awards. He was honored in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
A native of Conroe, Texas, Garrison graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. He competed at Cal State Fullerton for one season in 1992. Tim and his wife, Rachel, have three daughters: Rayley (14), Taige (9) and Teagan (8) and one son: Reece (1). Rachel serves as director of the girls' club program at the Nebraska School of Gymnastics, which begins gymnastics instruction for children 18 months and older. In 2007, Tim and Rachel coached the NSG Level 5 girls' team to a Nebraska state championship.