Michigan State will travel to Ann Arbor on Saturday, March 21 to compete in the first session of the Big Ten Championships
This marks the first time MSU has had two gymnasts named to the First Team since Rhiannon Banda-Scott and assistant coach Nicole Curler were in 2007-08
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Curler, a former Spartan standout, returns to her alma mater after serving as MSU's volunteer assistant in 2011.
"I could not be more excited," said Curler. "I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity. Coaching college gymnastics has always been a dream of mine, and getting to fulfill that dream here at Michigan State just makes it even better.
"With Coach Klages and Coach Mitchell having both been head coaches, I know they will both offer a lot of experience. They will both be great mentors for me, so one day I can also be a great head coach."
The 2010 MSU graduate was the squad's lone qualifier for the 2010 NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in the all-around at the NCAA Kentucky Regional with a score of 39.175.
"Nicole is very familiar with the Spartan gymnastics program," Klages said. "After a very successful career at MSU, Nicole served as the volunteer coach for the program last season. She is young and energetic and so excited to begin her career in collegiate coaching."
In her first season following graduation, Curler coordinated the origination of all team practices, team schedules and competition line-up selections for the Spartans. The Bay City, Mich., native also assisted with choreograph of all the team's balance beam and floor exercise routines.
Prior to joining the Spartans following graduation and while still attending MSU, Curler was a coach at Gedderts' Twistars Gymnastics Club in Dimondale, Mich. While with Gedderts, Curler assisted with compulsory level gymnastics instruction on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and the floor exercise.
Curler has also assisted with the chirography for several local high schools throughout the Greater Lansing Area.
The Spartans' 2010 team MVP was a two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honoree during her career, and was a member of the gymnastic team's leadership committee.
The four-time All-Big Ten honoree is ranked second all-time in program history with a 39.525 all-around score against LSU on Feb. 29, 2008. Curler is also fifth on the vault with a 9.925 against Oklahoma on Feb. 26. 10. Other program ranks included ninth on the balance beam (9.925 on four occasions) and fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.950 at Florida on March 16, 2007.
"Having been on the team, I already know how the program is run," said Curler. "I know from experience what works and what doesn't. I know what these girls want to accomplish, and I know how hard they have to work to get there. I am anxious to get this year started."
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.