• Tied with swimming coach Gus Stager for the third-most NCAA titles by a coach in U-M history
  • His back-to-back NCAA Team titles are the first for any U-M sport since 1969-70

Kurt Golder

“Numerous traits learned through gymnastics are applicable to life after college athletics. We use gymnastics as a way to teach accountability, perseverance, goal-setting and self-confidence. Gymnastics is a sport in which it is vital to have a positive attitude and work through difficulties, much like any career or situation in the real world. Additionally, being accountable as a teammate and friend is an important skill to have in any walk of life. Creating excellent citizens and employees after graduation is expected of not only the gymnastics team, but anyone involved with Michigan Athletics.”


Coach Bio

Kurt Golder has served as head coach for the Michigan men's gymnastics team since 1997. A native of Alpena, Michigan, Golder led the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten championships in 2013 and ‘14 - the third and fourth national titles under his tutelage - as well as NCAA and Big Ten titles in 1999. He also guided his squad to the 2009 Big Ten title and the 2010 NCAA team title. Golder’s teams have reached the Super Six at the NCAA Championships in all but one year.

The 2013 and ‘14 seasons were a whirlwind for Golder, featuring back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten team titles, as well as a pair of CGA National Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades. Over that span, his student-athletes earned 20 All-America citations at the NCAA meet, five NCAA individual titles, and five Big Ten championships and the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in Sam Mikulak (2013-14). U-M became the first program to win back-to-back national championships in 44 years, winning the meet with a score of 445.050. With four national titles (1999, 2010, 2013, 2014) to his credit, Golder is tied with legendary swimming coach Gus Stager for the third-most NCAA titles by a coach in school history. He trails only Matt Mann (13) and football coach Fielding Yost (six). U-M carried a 54-meet winning streak into the 2015 season, going undefeated since March 16, 2013.

Fun Fact

Coach Golder was a three-time U-M letterwinner in gymnastics (1975-77) and a member of Michigan's 1975 Big Ten championship team.

Career Highlights

  • Four NCAA Championships
  • Five Big Ten Championships
  • Two-time CGA National Coach of the Year

Assistant Coaches

Xiao Yuan

Assistant Coach

Xiao Yuan is in his 10th season as a Wolverine assistant coach, working on the technical aspects of routines. Along with fellow assistant Geoff Corrigan, Xiao earned the 2013 and 2014 CGA National and Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time at U-M. He is the owner of back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten Championships and assisted in the guidance of nine student-athletes to All-America status in 2013 and ‘14. Xiao was also instrumental in the team’s 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 and Corrigan also earned 2010 NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors, and coached 2010 NCAA and Big Ten all-around champion Chris Cameron.

Geoff Corrigan

Assistant Coach

Geoff Corrigan has been an assistant coach with the Michigan men’s gymnastics team since 2010, and has been part of three NCAA champion teams. He helped the Wolverines to the 2010 NCAA title, and as an assistant coach helped the team win back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten Championships. He took home 2013-14 CGA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year accolades. Corrigan’s success comes on the heels of several busy summers. He accompanied Syque Caesar as a member of the Bengali National Team and served as head coach for the squad at the 2012 Olympic Games.