Nebraska women's gymnastics coach Dan Kendig retires abruptly

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Longtime Nebraska women's gymnastics coach Dan Kendig has announced his immediate retirement.

An athletic department spokesman said Tuesday he couldn't comment on the reason for Kendig's sudden departure but said it is not tied to any issue involving student-athlete welfare. Kendig didn't return phone or text messages.

Kendig coached the Cornhuskers for 25 seasons and led them to 14 conference titles and 12 NCAA Super Six Finals. He said in a statement he "cherished every moment" of his time at Nebraska and his greatest memories will be working with talented and high-achieving women.

"I have had the great fortune of coaching at Nebraska for more than two decades and have cherished every moment of that time," Kendig said in a news release. "My greatest memories will be the opportunity to work with so many talented and high-achieving young women who have excelled in the gym, in the classroom and in the community.

"I have worked with many great people at Nebraska and developed countless life-long friendships. I am proud of what we accomplished and have been blessed with great assistant coaches and student-athletes through the years. I want to thank the great people of Nebraska for the wonderful memories."

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos thanked Kendig for his contributions and wished him well.

Longtime assistant coach Heather Brink, who has been the associate head coach for the past four seasons, will be the interim head coach. The season beginsJan. 4 at UCLA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.