Head coach JD Reive enters his ninth season at the helm of the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics program in 2019-20
2019 — In its inaugural season, Reive guided the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten regular season title since 1998. Reive and his staff were named Central Region Staff of the Year after upset victories over No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Nebraska, and No. 5 Penn State.
For the 20th consecutive year, the Hawkeyes qualified for the NCAA Championships. Senior Jake Brodarzon and freshman Stewart Brown earned All-America honors on parallel bars with scores of 13.900 and 13.800, respectively. Junior Andrew Herrador also earned All-America honors on high bar with a score of 13.766.
Iowa hosted the 2019 Big Ten Championships inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena where two Hawkeyes landed top-three finishes. Herredor placed second on high bar (14.000) for a silver medal, while Brown’s career-best 14.625 on vault earned him the bronze medal.
The Hawkeyes hosted top-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 9, where Herrador was crowned the all-around champion with a score of 78.650. Freshman Evan Davis placed second (78.350) for second in the all-around.
2018 — In 2018, Reive made it 19 straight NCAA Championships appearances for the young and talented Hawkeye team.
The Hawkeyes garnered three top-15 finishes at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Chicago. Freshman Bennet Huang tallied an 80.298 in the all-around to finish 12th, while sophomore Andrew Herrador placed 15th (12.933) on high bar, and junior Jake Brodarzon tied for 15th on vault (14.366.)
At the Big Ten Championships, senior Austin Hodges (14.250) reached the podium with a fifth-place finish on pommel horse. Senior Dylan Ellsworth, Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, tied for eighth on vault.
As a team, Iowa men’s gymnastics continued its tradition of excellence in the classroom as five gymnasts – Jake Brodarzon, Austin Hodges, Mark Springett, Brandon Wong, and Josh Zeal – were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
2017 — In 2017, Reive led the Hawkeyes to their 18th straight NCAA Championship appearance.
During session II at the NCAA Championships, Iowa placed fourth for the second straight year in the NCAA Qualifier with a score of 412.500.
Reive’s squad qualified eight gymnasts for a total of 17 routines for day two of the NCAA Championships. Iowa was led by Andrew Botto who competed in the all-around and placed 14th for the Hawkeyes. The senior was one place shy of being crowned an All-American as he finished ninth (14.450) on rings. Senior Cory Paterson tied for 10th (14.450) on parallel bars and ended up 12th (14.200) on high bar, redshirt junior Mark Springett tied for 26th (13.800) on rings, junior Dylan Ellsworth finished 18th (14.450) on vault and 29th (13.750) on rings, junior Austin Hodges tied for 20th (13.600) on high bar and 27th on pommel horse (13.500), sophomore Rogelio Vazquez finished in 40th (13.100) on parallel bars, sophomore Kevin Johnson finished 45th (11.300) on pommel horse, and freshman Nick Merryman finished 37th (12.950) on pommel horse and 39th (13.250) on rings.
During the Big Ten Championships, Paterson led the way for Iowa, earning the first All-Big Ten recognition of his career with a runner-up result of 14.350 on high bar. Botto finished seventh (13.775) on rings, Springett tallied a fifth-place finish (14.050) on rings, Ellsworth earned a fifth-place finish (14.300) on vault, and junior Elijah Parsells tied for sixth (13.950) on pommel horse. Sophomore Jake Brodarzon was awarded with Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award following the meet.
Under Reive, the Hawkeyes have had consistent success in the classroom. Seven Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten for the 2017 winter season. Sophomore Todd Beyer, Botto, Brodarzon, Hodges, Paterson, senior David Spanier, and Springett received the award.
2016–The Hawkeyes made strides in 2016 despite finishing eighth in the nation. For the first time in program history Iowa recorded a team score of 430+ in January, tallying scores of 430.850 on Jan. 23 against Illinois and 431.800 the following day at UIC.
During session II at the NCAA Championships, Iowa placed fourth in the NCAA Qualifier with a score of 423.250, missing the cut for team finals. Senior Jack Boyle was nominated for the Nissen-Emery award given to the country’s most outstanding senior gymnast, Iowa’s first nomination since Jonathan Buese in 2010.
Reive’s squad qualified five gymnasts for day two of the NCAA Championships led by seniors Matt Loochtan and Jack Boyle. The duo competed all-around for the Hawkeyes, placing 10th (84.150) and 14th (83.600), respectively. Sophomore Dylan Ellsworth tied for 26th on vault (14.700) and tied for 18th on parallel bars (14.300). Junior Cory Paterson tied for 37th on high bar (13.750) while sophomore Austin Hodges tied for 25th (14.350).
During the Big Ten Championships, Loochtan led the way for Iowa, earning his first All-Big Ten recognition of his career with a runner-up result of 15.100 on rings. Senior Doug Sullivan placed fifth on pommel horse (14.875), sophomore Austin Hodges placed seventh on pommel horse (14.725), and sophomore Dylan Ellsworth placed fifth on vault (14.400). Sullivan was awarded with Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award following the meet.
On Senior Night, senior Jack Boyle bested his own Iowa school record of 86.800 with an 87.600 effort in the all-around to lead the Hawkeyes to an upset over Minnesota.
Senior Matt Loochtan earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week following his performance in a win against Nebraska and Penn State on Feb. 27. Loochtan claimed five event titles on floor (15.350), rings (15.150), vault (14.450), parallel bars (14.850), and high bar (14.450) and set a career-high in all-around at the time with a score of 86.400.
Under Reive, the Hawkeyes have had consistent success in the classroom. Nine Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten for the 2015 winter season, tying a program record. Junior Andrew Botto, senior Jack Boyle, senior Cyrus Dobre-Mofid, sophomore Austin Hodges, senior Matt Loochtan, junior Cory Paterson, junior David Spanier, junior Mark Springett, and senior Doug Sullivan received the award.
2015–For the second time in three seasons the Hawkeyes finished as one of the top teams in the country in 2015, placing sixth at the NCAA Championships and had an All-American honored for the third straight year.
During session two of the NCAA National Qualifiers, Iowa put together one of their best performances of the year with a third place finish and a score of 435.050, qualifying them for the team finals. In the team finals, the Hawkeyes recorded a score of 427.450 and placed sixth nationally.
Junior Jack Boyle was given All-American status for the first time in his career following his performance on high bar at the NCAA Championships. Boyle’s 14.850 was good enough to advance to individual event finals where he tallied another 14.850, qualifying him as an All-American.
Boyle also earned Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors for his efforts in a win over UIC in Iowa’s season opener. He grabbed two event titles on rings (15.400) and floor exercise (14.750).
Junior Doug Sullivan was given All-Conference honors on pommel horse following his performance at the Big Ten Championships. Sullivan placed third at individual event finals, recording a score of 14.800.
2014–The Hawkeyes set several program records throughout the 2014 season, including a meet team score of 437.250, a team score on rings of 75.350, a 15.600 on floor by Matt Loochtan, a 15.350 on vault by Matt McGrath, a 15.250 on pommel horse by Doug Sullivan, and an all around score of 86.600 by Jack Boyle.
Senior Matt McGrath earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and College Gymnast Association Gymnast of the Week honors for his efforts in Iowa’s win over Nebraska in March. He led the Hawkeyes to victory, winning event titles on floor (15.600) and vault (15.300), and placing second on rings (15.350).
Iowa finished seventh overall at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, with four making individual event finals — Matt McGrath, Mitchell Landau, Matt Loochtan and Doug Sullivan. McGrath finished fourth on floor (15.100), Landau placed fourth on bar (15.025), Sullivan finished fifth on pommel horse (14.55), and Loochtan placed ninth on rings (14.950).
The Hawkeyes missed out on NCAA team finals with a fourth place finish in the qualifier hosted by Michigan, but saw seven advance individually — Matt McGrath, Lance Alberhasky, Mitchell Landau, Jack Boyle, Matt Loochtan, Doug Sullivan and Cory Paterson.
The team completed its most successful season in nearly a decade 2013. The Hawkeyes finished fifth nationally, marking the program’s best finish since 2000, and finished with three All-America honors, the most since 2005. The fifth-place finish marked the third-best of any Big Ten school in 2013.
During the opening day of the NCAA Championships at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa., the Hawkeyes finished third in the second session of the NCAA National Qualifier. Their score of 426.550 earned them a berth in the team finals, marking the first time Iowa qualified for the team finals since 2006. The top three teams from each session (12 teams total) advanced to the team finals.
At the team finals, the Hawkeyes tallied a score of 426.450 to finish fifth in the nation, marking the program’s best finish since 2000 when it finished third.
Javier Balboa placed sixth in the all-around (85.650) to earn All-America status. The senior became Iowa’s first all-around All-American since Michael Reavis in 2005, and the Hawkeyes’ first individual to earn All-America honors since Matt McGrath in 2011 (vault).
Iowa did not stop there. Balboa and fellow senior Anton Gryshayev earned All-America honors on the final day of competition at the NCAA Event Finals. Iowa had three gymnasts qualify for the NCAA Event Finals. Gryshayev, Balboa, and sophomore William Albert competed on the still rings. Gryshayev led the Hawkeyes with his score of 14.925 to place seventh on the event, while Balboa finished one spot behind with a 14.875. Albert rounded out the top-10, scoring 13.125. The top eight gymnasts on each event received All-America honors.
Balboa and Gryshayev earned the Hawkeyes’ first All-America honors on rings since Chris Camiscioli in 1998. The last time Iowa had two All-Americans on rings came in 1997 (Camiscioli, Dave Nemovitz). Balboa became the first Hawkeye to earn All-America status in multiple events since Michael Reavis in 2005 (vault, all-around).
2013–Iowa finished the 2013 season with three All-America honors — marking the first time since 2005 the program has garnered three or more in a single season.
The Hawkeyes captured three-straight Big Ten dual victories against top-10 opponents in February — defending national champion Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska.
In addition, Balboa, the Big Ten still rings champion, and Broderick Shemansky, both earned All-Big Ten honors. Three Hawkeyes — Balboa, McGrath, Todd Becker — earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Balboa was honored by the Big Ten Conference with the Distinguished Scholar Award.
In 2012, Reive guided three Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Broderick Shemansky, Anton Gryshayev) to the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla. He coached junior Broderick Shemansky to first team All-Big Ten honors as the Hawkeyes hosted the Big Ten Championships at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gryshayev also earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors (March 26), becoming the first Hawkeye to garner the weekly award since 2009.
2012–As a team, Iowa was one of 12 squads selected to compete at the 2012 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics National Qualifier. Iowa broke four more individual school records and six Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Todd Becker, Angelo Bronzino, Matt McGrath, Adam Wilson, Samuel Wright) were named Academic All-Big Ten during his second season at the helm of the program. The six academic honorees marked the most for the program since 2006-07.
In just his first season at the helm of the program, the Hawkeyes broke four team records and five individual records under Reive’s guidance. The Hawkeyes broke the total team score record with a 351.800 on March 24th, 2011.
Six gymnasts punched their tickets to compete individually at the NCAA Championships in Reive’s first season. Reive coached his first Hawkeye to All-American honors with Matt McGrath in 2011.
Reive, who is the seventh head coach in program history, came to Iowa City after serving as an assistant coach at men’s gymnastics powerhouse Stanford from 2003-10. Reive helped the Cardinal to four top-three team finishes at the NCAA Championships, including the 2009 NCAA National Championship.
During his time at Stanford, Reive coached 44 student-athletes to All-American honors. Reive was also honored as the Collegiate Gymnastics Association Assistant Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2009 and 2010) and was also the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Reive also has deep connections with the U.S. National Team. Most recently, he was named the squad’s head coach for the 2009 Toyota Cup in Japan and helped develop two members of the 2009-10 Senior National Team and one member of the Junior National Development Team.
Reive was a competitive member of numerous U.S. National Teams as well. He began his competitive gymnastics career at age five and gained a spot on the Junior National Team at age 10. His international career began at age 11, as he won the 1988 Junior Pan American Games. He was invited to move to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs at age 15 and finished second at the 1993 Winter Cup, earning a spot on the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team.
While at Stanford, Reive also founded JDR Gymnastics, a club program which developed and trained gymnasts for both Junior Olympic and USAG Junior National Team competition.
Reive graduated from Nebraska in 2000 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with an advertising major and a marketing and design minor.