September 9, 2011



Providence, RI—Bob Nannig has been hired as Rhode Island College’s head women’s gymnastics coach. This will be Nannig’s second stint guiding the Anchorwomen, having served as the head coach from 2003-07. He was also an assistant coach at RIC in 2002-03.


“I was really pleased the college reinstated the program and one of my main goals is make the team competitive with the better programs in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, “ Nannig said. “There was an abundance of support to get the women’s gymnastics program back and we’ll rely on our alumni and friends in the gymnastics community to help us become successful again.”




Based on Coach Nannig’s past experience, especially during his previous time here at RIC, I am extremely confident that he can provide the leadership necessary to make our program a very competitive one,” RIC Athletic Director Don Tencher said.


During the four campaigns Nannig ran the gymnastics program, four gymnasts qualified for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships.


Nannig has an extensive career in coaching, which spans 30 years. He served as the Director of Boys’ Gymnastics at Aim High Academy in East Greenwich for six years. He has extensive experience in camp coaching, first at URI’s summer gymnastics camp, having worked there from 1995-2001, and then at the Woodward Camp in Pennsylvania for two sessions. Nannig also served as the owner and head coach of the North Kingstown Gymnastics Center from 1982-87. He previously served as the gymnastics coach at Kingston Dance & Gymnastics from 1981-1982.




Nannig received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield College in 1981. While at Springfield, he lettered in gymnastics from 1977-80. He earned a master’s degree in physical education administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1999.


In addition to his coaching duties, Nannig also works as a physical education teacher at Cranston High School West and has taught in the school system for 23 years. He was honored as the R.I.A.H.P.E.R.D. Secondary Education Teacher of the Year in 2002.


Nannig lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife JoAnn. They have two daughters Haley (18) and Jade (24).