University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant Coach

Thomas Buese


Tom Buese was named the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics assistant coach on August 8, 2016.

2017 — In 2017, Buese helped Iowa 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.

The Hawkeyes 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.

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.

Buese, a former UI gymnast, competed for the Hawkeyes from 2005-2008, was a four-time letter winner, and 2008 Captain at Iowa before beginning his coaching career.

“I am very excited to be back in Iowa City and I am very excited to be coaching the team I was on as an athlete,” Buese said.

Buese had been the head coach and program director at Geddert’s Twistars USA Gymnastics  Club in Lansing, Michigan, for the past eight years. During that time, the program has tripled in size and garnered national recognition.

Since his arrival, the gym has produced an USA Junior National Team member, P&G Championships qualifiers, Junior Olympic National  Championships qualifiers, and Future Stars National Championship qualifiers.

“On behalf of the entire men’s gymnastics program, both student-athletes and coaches, I am thrilled to bring Thomas Buese back to Iowa City,” head coach JD Reive said. “Tom has had tremendous success developing a thriving competitive boys program; which has produced members of the US Junior National Team including one of this year’s top ranked recruits. I am honored to have Tom join my staff and bring this program to the next level.”

Buses has also been named the 2015-2016 Michigan Elite Team Coordinator, as well as Michigan Optional Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

Buese graduated from Iowa in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Sports studies.