Weekly #9: U-M to Entertain No. 13 UIC Saturday in Regular-Season Finale
Xiao Yuan enters his 10th season as a Wolverine assistant coach, assisting in the technical aspects of the routines of the U-M gymnasts. Along with fellow assistant Geoff Corrigan, Xiao earned the 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 back-to-back NCAA & Big Ten Championships, and hasassisted in the guidance of nine student-athletes to All-America status over the past two seasons.
After yet another Super Six in 2012 to add to his resume, Xiao was a member of the unprecedented team success in 2010. He assisted Michigan to the program's fourth NCAA team title, becoming the only active collegiate coach to help two teams to the NCAA title. Xiao, along with fellow assistant coach, Corrigan, was named the 2010 NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year, and coached 2010 NCAA All-Around Champion Big ten All-Around Champion Chris Cameron. In 2009, U-M finished second place at NCAA Championships and Big Ten team co-champion.
Xiao has coached several Wolverines on the international stage traveling with Chris Cameron to the 2010 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan, 2010 World Championships USA team finished fourth in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Xiao also coached current senior Rohan Sebastian, competing for Ireland, at the 2011 world championships in Tokyo, Japan and the 2009 World Championships in London, United Kingdom.
The Beijing, China native previously 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.
Prior to coaching at Oklahoma, Xiao coached in Houston, Texas, with U.S. Olympic head coach Kevin Mazieka help Sean Towson, who was a U.S. Olympian in 2000. 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 Yang Wei and Xing Aowei. Both were gold medalists at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and at the 1998 World Championships. Yuan has also coached athletes at the 1994 and 1995 World Championships and the 1997 World University Games. Xiao received his bachelor's degree in sports education from Beijing University in 1988 and has lectured at the USA Gymnastics National Congress in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
He and his wife Julia, a former Cirque du Soleil performer, have two daughters, Pearl (19) and Sophia (7).