March 14, 2001
Q: I was just wondering why you started the season with so many road meets. Was that a strategic move?
Dave, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Dave, first off, thanks for the e-mail and, to answer your question, our long stretch of away meets was mere coincidence. Unfortunately, the schedule I inherited for this season was already in place before I came on board. I don't think any program would intentionally schedule seven away meets in a row, but that's the way it worked out this year. Fortunately, we did well on the road and I think our team formed a special unity traveling together for so long.
Q: Coach Nunno, I'm really excited that you're coaching at OU now. I wanted to know how recruiting for next year is going? What kind of team do you expect to have in 2002?
Tim, Alma, Arkansas
Thanks for the support, Tim! I think we are going to have an excellent team next year. We aren't going to lose anyone and we have some excellent recruits coming in. The one I can tell you about right now is Allison Landis. Landis is a former Elite gymnast (she's competing Level 10 this season) who trains at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman. She was recruited by some of the country's top teams--her brother, also a top-level gymnast, is a member of OU's number-one ranked men's team--and we're lucky to have her. I think she'll be an incredible NCAA athlete.
Keep your eye on our website, www.soonersports.com, for more recruiting announcements as soon as they become official.
Q: I'm very interested in attending the University of Oklahoma and working with you, Coach Nunno. Do you accept walk-ons for your squad?
Jacalyn, Rapid City, South Dakota
Thanks for the vote of confidence Jacalyn and, yes, we do accept and encourage walk-ons. Open try-outs are held each September to determine who may be able to help the team. Our job as coaches is to develop the talent that comes in and often walk-ons can turn into top performers with the right guidance. Currently, we even have a former walk-on who has been upgraded to a scholarship athlete this year and is now one of our top scorers.
Q: I like gymnastics but I don't know a lot about the NCAA. How many scholarships do you give out each year and how many hours per day do the girls train? Is it the same at all schools, or does it vary?
Cotton, Dallas, Texas
Most Division I schools have 12 scholarships to award for their team. In short, about three per year (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior), though it rarely works out exactly that way. According to NCAA rules, college coaches can only require gymnasts to train 20 hours per week, which is less than most Elites, but athletes are allowed as much additional training time as they desire.
College athletes learn to work smart and manage their time well, which increases the value of the time they do train.
Q: I was just wondering if you plan any gymnastics camps this summer. My daughter is a Level 5 and we're looking for a good camp in Oklahoma or Texas.
Kathy, O'Fallon, Missouri
Kathy, thanks for your email. Yes, we do have a tremendous summer camp program here at the University of Oklahoma, run by myself and men's head coach Mark Williams. Two one-week sessions of our co-ed camp will be offered this summer. Each session will begin on Sunday and run through Friday, the last two weeks in June. The cost is only $375 per gymnast, including room and board, to work with some of the top coaches and gymnasts in the country. All levels are welcome.
I've worked at summer camps across the country and think this is going to be one of the best opportunities available for dedicated young gymnasts who want to learn and have fun. If you're interested in more information please send your name and address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line as "Camp Info" and we'll get a brochure out to you right away!
Q: Coach Nunno, do you still own your Dynamo gyms and, if so, do you still coach the Elites there?
Kayla, Duncan, Okla.
Kayla, yes, I still own my two Dynamo gyms in Oklahoma City and Edmond, and I do make frequent visits to both, but I'm focusing most of attention on my university position now, especially as the post-season nears.
Q: I was at your San Jose and Berkeley meets and you guys looked awesome! I was just wondering when OU will be back in Northern California so I can see you again? Also, when do you find out which regional you're going to?
Perry, Alameda, Calif.
Perry, thanks for the West Coast support! I don't expect that we'll be back your way this year, though we still don't know where our regional championships will be. (At this point it seems most likely that we'll attend the South Central Regional hosted by Nebraska in Lincoln, though we are now extremely close to gaining a seeded berth.) We'll find out for sure in gymnastics version of "April Madness." Keep your browser point to www.soonersports.com and we'll let you know as soon as our regional plans are finalized.
In the meantime, our number-one ranked men's team will be in Northern California for their conference championships at Berkeley, March 23-24. I'm sure they'd love some Sooner support!