2012 Michigan Men's Gymnastics Roster
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Xiao Yuan enters his 12th season as a Wolverine assistant coach, assisting in the technical aspects of the routines of the U-M gymnasts. Xiao earned the 2010, 2013 and 2014 CGA National and Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for the Wolverines for the third time at U-M.
He is the owner of three NCAA & Big Ten Championships, and was a member of the unprecedented team success in 2010, as he became the only active collegiate coach to help two institutions to win NCAA glory.
Additionally, he guided 2010 NCAA All-Around Champion and Big Ten All-Around Champion Chris Cameron. Cameron made the US World Championship team in 2010, and was a member of the American squad that finished fourth in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Xiao has coached several Wolverines on the international stage traveling with Cameron to the 2010 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Xiao also coached Rohan Sebastian of Team Ireland at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2009 World Championships in London, United Kingdom.
Previously, he coached for five years at the University of Oklahoma. While with the Sooners, Xiao helped guide them to NCAA team titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005, as well as runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2004. He also helped coach 2004 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Guard Young while Young trained at Oklahoma.
Before moving to the United States, Xiao coached several Chinese Olympic and World Championship gymnasts. In addition, he has coached athletes who have competed in three of the last four Olympiads, including Olympic all-around champion Yong Wei and Xing Aowei. Both were team gold medalists at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and at the 1998 World Championships. Yuan has also coached athletes won team in 1994 and 1995 World Championships. He received his bachelor's degree in sports education from Beijing Sport University in 1988 and has lectured at the USA Gymnastics National Congress from 1998.
He and his wife Julia, a former Cirque du Soleil performer, have two daughters, U-M student Pearl (21) and Sophia (9).