Travis Doak enters his fifth year at West Virginia University as assistant coach and is responsible for coaching vault, bars and floor. He also oversees the Mountaineers’ recruiting efforts.
Since Doak joined the staff in 2009, WVU has made four straight NCAA Regional Championships appearances, earned one conference championship and compiled an overall record of 68-32 (.680). The Mountaineers have secured 50 All-EAGL honors, including 30 first-team awards, and two EAGL Gymnast of the Year honors, as Hope Sloanhoffer earned the award in 2012 and Amy Bieski scored the honor in 2011; Bieski also was named the league’s Outstanding Senior Gymnast that season.
Doak played a major role in 2012, helping the Mountaineers transition under first-year coach Jason Butts and parlay the change into instant success.
In addition to the Mountaineers’ EAGL title, the team’s league-best seventh and first since 2008, WVU advanced to the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships as the No. 5 seed and finished in fifth place with a 195.9 score, the team’s best-ever regional point total. With seven wins at the league championship, WVU finished the year with a 21-5 record, the program’s first 20-win season since 2008.
The Mountaineers collected four individual league titles en route to the team win, with Sloanhoffer finishing first on vault, bars and the all-around, and freshman Beth Deal taking the win on beam. The squad’s league-winning score of 196.475 was the 10th-best mark in program history.
Sloanhoffer ended the season ranked nationally on vault, beam and the all-around. Four gymnasts were ranked on vault in the Southeast Region, while three gymnasts each were ranked on bars and floor. As a team, the Mountaineers ranked in the nation’s top 10 on floor for three straight weeks. The team never dropped out of the top 25 on floor and ended the year ranked No. 21.
Doak was instrumental in the team’s success in 2011, as he guided the vault and floor lineups to the No. 1 and No. 2 EAGL rankings, respectively. Those lineups also ranked No. 17 and No. 21, respectively, in the nation.
Integral in the development of Sloanhoffer, the rookie finished with nine EAGL weekly honors and first team recognition on vault, floor and beam. She finished the year ranked No. 1 in the league on beam and vault, and No. 4 on floor; she also ranked nationally No. 17, No. 37 and No. 48, respectively, on each apparatus.
Doak also mentored Tina Maloney to the No. 2 EAGL vault ranking, while Bieski ranked No. 5 in the league. Sloanhoffer and Maloney finished in a tie for second on vault at the 2011 EAGL Championship.
In total, three gymnasts vaulted to scores of 9.9 or better in 2011, including Sloanhoffer’s career-best 9.95 score.
In his second season at WVU, Doak helped guide the Mountaineer vault and floor lineups to the No. 4 and No. 5 EAGL rankings. Additionally, he coached Bieski and Nicole Roach to All-EAGL first team floor and bars honors, respectively, and helped Chelsi Tabor attain the second-best league vault RQS of 9.855; the mark ranked No. 10 in the region and No. 47 in the nation.
Doak’s first season with the Mountaineers was successful, as the team finished nationally ranked 17th on vault and 21st on bars. In the EAGL, the team finished ranked first on floor and second on vault and bars.
In 2009, Doak helped coach Mehgan Morris to a national championships berth, as she finished fifth in the all-around at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. She also won EAGL bars, floor and all-around titles and was named the league’s most outstanding senior gymnast.
Additionally, Tabor and Maloney earned the EAGL vault title in Doak’s first season. Six Mountaineers also earned 10 All-EAGL first team honors on vault, bars and floor.
A native of Beverly, W.Va., Doak came to WVU after serving as an assistant coach at Penn State in 2008, where he was responsible for recruiting, team training, spotting on all skill levels and administrative duties. His primary coaching responsibilities included oversight of the Nittany Lion vault and floor exercise. He helped PSU sign four top 10 junior Olympic finalists and guided the Nittany Lions to a 17-9 record.
Doak also served as an assistant at New Hampshire in 2006-07. His responsibilities included team workouts, recruiting, video work and community service initiatives.
He began his coaching career in 2004 as a volunteer assistant at West Virginia, working with spotting, fundraising and recruit evaluations.
Doak earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia in sport management in 2006 and a master’s degree in athletic coaching education in 2008.