Sept. 19, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's gymnastics head coach Bev Plocki announced Thursday (Sept. 19) that senior Stephanie Colbert (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) will forgo her final season of eligibility due to medical reasons and will instead serve as an undergraduate student assistant coach.
Colbert underwent wrist surgery in late August. In her recovery, it was recommended by doctors that she no longer compete due to the high risk of long-term damage.
"Being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan has been a dream come true and I wouldn't trade in my experiences for anything," Colbert said. "Though I will not compete again for the Maize and Blue, I look forward to spending my last year with my teammates in a different role. I will do everything I can in the practice gym and on the floor to help this team reach its goals."
"I really feel for Stephanie because she has worked so hard and has been such a huge influence on our program," Plocki said. "We sat down and I asked her to help define a role for herself moving forward. She has a lot of value on this team ... it's just in a different role now. She has a great head on her shoulders and I want her to know that when she comes in each day, she will be contributing and going to work just like she did as an athlete. I know she'll continue to bring that tremendous attitude to practice every day as part of our coaching staff this season.
Colbert was primarily a vault and floor exercise specialist during her three years, setting career highs of 9.900 on each event. While on the roster, she contributed to NCAA Championships appearances in 2011 and 2013 (including an NCAA Super Six berth in her freshman season) and Big Ten titles in both of those seasons (regular season title in 2013). An outstanding student, Colbert is a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She will graduate in May with a degree in psychology and plans to apply to graduate school next fall.
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