April 8, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - After leading his team to its fourth consecutive conference title and to the 2002 NCAA Championship, Oklahoma men's gymnastics head coach Mark Williams was named the National Coach of the Year. He has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year for three consecutive years as well after winning the conference crown all three times.

"I don't see the coach of the year award as a honor for myself rather an honor for the team," said Williams. "The guys made it their mission last year to win the national championships at home, and they did it. It was great to see the fruition of their goals. I just have to give the credit to the team because they never gave up on their dreams."

Oklahoma posted three second place finishes in the individual finals on Saturday, April 6. Senior Everette Bierker recorded a 9.000 on the parallel bars, junior Quinn Rowell posted a 9.337 on the high bar and sophomore Jock Stevens had a 9.437 on the vault.

The team finals of the NCAAs will be aired on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. CST.