Nicole Curler promoted to associate head coach.
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Nicole Curler, a former Spartan standout, was promoted to associate head coach on July 1, 2017, announced by Michigan State University Athletics Director Mark Hollis on Monday, June 26.
“I’m thrilled that Nicole Curler has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. Together, we believe that we have a team of intelligent young student-athletes with the passion, athleticism, leadership and heart to establish a culture which will elevate Spartan Gymnastics to a top tier program,” MSU head coach Mike Rowe said.
Curler is an MSU alum and a former Spartan standout gymnast, and has been an assistant coach for six seasons after serving as MSU’s volunteer assistant in 2011.
“Being a Michigan State alum and a former Spartan gymnastics student-athlete, to be able to advance my career as the associate head coach means the world to me,” Curler said. “The opportunity to help Mike lead this program is really exciting. It is a great time to be a Spartan with some of the talented gymnasts we have returning plus promising student-athletes we have coming in over the next few years. I know this program is going to continue to improve and I’m really excited to be a part of that.”
Curler helps coordinate team practices, team schedules and competition line-up selections for the Spartans. The Bay City, Michigan native also assisted with choreography of all the team’s balance beam and floor exercise routines. She also maintains the program’s social media channels.
Under her tutelage in 2017, three Spartans were co-Big Ten Champions on floor, Deans, Frederick and Lagoski posted 9.925’s to become the first Spartans to win an individual Big Ten Championship since 2006 and the first MSU Big Ten champions on floor since 1988.
Curler also coached three of the five Spartans that qualified for NCAA Regionals as individuals, as Deans competed in the all-around competition, while Lagoski and Frederick were on floor. During Curler’s short tenure as an assistant coach, MSU has qualified for NCAA Regionals four times, and she has coached 10 All-Big Ten gymnasts.
During her career as an MSU gymnast, Curler was the Spartans’ 2010 team MVP, was a two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honoree, and was a member of the team’s leadership committee. She qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in the all-around at the NCAA Kentucky Regional with a score of 39.175.
Curler was the first Michigan State gymnast to be a four-time All-Big Ten honoree. She ranks second all-time in program history with a 39.525 all-around score against LSU on Feb. 29, 2008. Curler also has the third-best score on the vault with a 9.925 against Oklahoma on Feb. 26, 2010. Other program ranks included ninth on the balance beam (9.925 on four occasions) and fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.950 against Florida on March 16, 2007.
Over the course of her four-year career, Curler posted six first-place finishes in the all-around and on the floor, 20 top-three all-around finishes and 11 top-three finishes on the floor. On the bars, Curler tallied 12 top-three scores, while finishing first 11 times on the beam and in the top-three 23 times. On the vault, Curler placed in the top-three on 10 separate occasions.
Curler earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies - human resources from MSU in 2010.