Dynamic. Aggressive. Efficient.

When senior captain Geoff Corrigan arrived at Michigan, high school troubles had made him “a cocky kid with a chip on his shoulder,” according to Michigan coach Kurt Golder. But over time, Corrigan has grown into a mature, responsible person and gymnast. Leading his team both in and out of the gym, Corrigan embodies the three adjectives above, chosen by Golder.

Corrigan knew Michigan was the right school for him as soon as he stepped foot on campus. And when it came to the gymnastics coaches, the feeling was mutual. Golden learned about Corrigan from the gymnasts’ club coach, Ron Brant, and was eager to give Corrigan a chance, knowing this could be just the environment Corrigan needed to develop as a gymnast.

“I think what drew me most was the feeling you get when you walk into Michigan,” Corrigan said. “It’s a Big Ten school, the coaches were so supportive and they had national team members. That’s what I wanted to be, and that’s where I wanted to go.”

Dynamic

During every practice, Corrigan signals for the team to “circle up” in the center of the mat. After briefly discussing their progress, he leads the Wolverines through a team flip — when the entire team does a flip at once — and then calls practice to an end.

“When training he’s always after the results,” Golder said. “He really gets after it, and he has developed a lot. I have seen a lot of growth in him over the years, and he has developed now into a good vocal leader, and he is a great leader by example in the gym. And all of that is really paying off for him.”

Senior Eddie Umphrey, who knew Corrigan long before he became a Wolverine, finds it hard to believe how much Corrigan has grown over the years. From when they were high school students training together on the same regional team to the present — Michigan seniors ready to make a legitimate run at the NCAA National Championship — Umphrey couldn’t be prouder of just how much his good friend has improved.

“He has definitely matured a lot and come a long way,” Umphrey said. “Between freshman year and now he has really stepped it up. He is doing great, and he is a great leader and a good person that we need to win this national championship.”

Aggressive

After coming to Michigan his freshman year with a torn bicep and a bad knee — both of which required surgery — Corrigan worked through rehab while making sure to never lose sight of his goals. Becoming a captain was a dream come true for him — after aspiring for such an honor the last three years.

“It means everything,” Corrigan said. “It means my teammates are behind me and that I have a big enough role in their everyday life that they can look up to me and want me out there being captain.”

Golder looks at Corrigan’s leadership position as another example of how much he has developed since putting on his first maize and blue uniform.

“I wasn’t surprised a bit,” Golder said of Corrigan being elected captain. “But I can go back to the incredible leadership that he displays. Yet, just two years ago, his teammates maybe wanted to strangle him on several occasions.”

Efficient

When asked about Corrigan’s personality and characteristics as a gymnast, his teammates immediately raved about his efficiency and ability to get the most out of any practice. Corrigan always manages to find the time to help his teammates whenever necessary.

“Watching him work out makes me feel that I have to work out harder to keep up with him,” freshman Dan Rais said. “He is very efficient, and he always gets the stuff done. And, mostly, whenever I need help, he knows exactly what to tell me, and it always helps a lot.”

Golder — who has been coaching for over 25 years — cites Corrigan as one of the best young coaches he has seen in quite some time, noting that he is always “right on the money when he helps somebody in the gym.” Golder has already hired two former Wolverines — Daniel Diaz-Luong and Scott Vetere — who have already made an impact on the team’s performance, and he clearly knows coaching talent long before the players do.

“If I were looking for a coach, I wouldn’t hesitate one heartbeat to hire him,” Golder said. “He is going to be that good of a coach if that’s what he decides to do.”

Even Corrigan can acknowledge the strides that he has made, laughing when he thinks about the irresponsible things he did as a freshman.

“The biggest thing is that I have grown up a lot,” Corrigan said. “Coming in, I was young and stupid, and, four years later, you just look back at some of the things you did and just wonder what you were thinking.”

Said Golder: “I’m going to be real proud of him — the fact that he has grown so much as a person, as a gymnast and as a leader. Geoff graduating from the University of Michigan is one of the best success stories of my coaching career.”

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