Travis Doak enters his ninth year at his alma mater and his third as the team’s associate head coach. He is responsible for coaching vault, beam and floor. He also oversees the Mountaineers’ recruiting efforts.
Since Doak joined the staff in 2009, WVU has made seven total NCAA Regional Championship appearances, earned one conference title and compiled an overall record of 112-69-1 (.618).
In his eighth season with the Mountaineers in 2016, Doak helped lead the program back into the national rankings, as the team was nationally ranked six of the last nine weeks of the season, its first national ranking since March 18, 2013. The team tallied 195.0 or better in 11 straight contests and finished with an 11-8 overall record (1-5 Big 12).
Included in the squad’s high scores was a 49.575 floor mark in wins over Ohio State and Bowling Green, on March 6, at the WVU Coliseum. The mark is the third-best score in program history.
Individually, Doak helped freshman Kirah Koshinski earn NACGC/W All-America Second Team honors for vault. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, she finished third on the event at the Big 12 Championship and claimed All-Big 12 Gymnastics Vault Team and All-Big 12 Championship Team honors.
Under Doak, the Mountaineers have secured 52 all-conference honors, including 30 All-EAGL First Team awards, two gymnast of the year and outstanding senior gymnast distinctions and one newcomer of the year nod.
The Mountaineers finished third at the 2016 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship with a 195.925 mark and placed fifth at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships.
Doak’s seventh season with the Mountaineers saw WVU finish fifth at the 2015 NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships with a 195.65 score, the program’s second-best showing at a regional championships. The Mountaineers tallied 49.225 on beam, the team’s best-ever score on the event at a regional. WVU also finished a program-best second at the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship, scoring 195.025. Dayah Haley earned her second straight All-Big 12 Championship Team honor with a second-place finish in the all-around.
The Mountaineers tallied 11 individual scores of 9.9 or better in 2015, including 9.95 showings for Haley (floor exercise) and Alexa Goldberg (uneven bars). WVU finished the year with a 14-9-1 (1-1-1 Big 12) overall record. The squad also ranked No. 28 in the final GymInfo Poll, the team’s highest position since 2012.
Doak helped guide Hope Sloanhoffer to the NCAA National Championships in 2014, as she individually qualified in the all-around. She was the first Mountaineer to qualify since 2009, Doak’s first season as an assistant, and the 18th in program history. Sloanhoffer qualified after finishing second in the all-around and first on beam at the 2014 NCAA Athens Regional Championships.
The Mountaineers posted their best score at the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship in 2014, tallying 196.375 and finishing in third place. Three Mountaineers earned four All-Big 12 Championship Team honors, and Sloanhoffer finished first in the all-around with a 39.425 score, the program’s first Big 12 title. The squad finished the season with a 6-11 (0-4 Big 12) mark. Sloanhoffer (all-around), Beth Deal (balance beam), Goldberg (uneven bars) and Nicolette Swoboda (all-around) individually qualified for the Athens Regional.
The team finished the year ranked No. 28 nationally on vault and uneven bars.
Doak’s assistantship was evident in 2013, as he helped guide the Mountaineers through their first season in the Big 12 Conference. WVU went 196.0 or better in every home meet, a feat never before achieved in program history, and finished the year at 13-9 (1-3 Big 12). The Mountaineers were nationally ranked six times in the GymInfo Poll and peaked at No. 16. The squad finished third at its first Big 12 Gymnastics Championship and qualified for its 35th NCAA Regional appearance.
Doak was integral in the success of the Mountaineers’ vault and floor lineup in 2013, as both units were nationally ranked each week but one. Jaida Lawrence concluded the year nationally ranked No. 43 on vault, and Alaska Richardson ranked No. 48 on floor. Additionally, he helped lead Kaylyn Millick and Sloanhoffer to respective No. 27 and No. 42 all-around rankings.
Lawrence earned the program’s first All-Big 12 honor, as she was named to the vault team, while Millick earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Championship Team for her second-place finish in the all-around.
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’ league-best seventh EAGL title, the team’s 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 Deal taking the win on beam.
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 Amy Bieski ranked No. 5 in the league. Bieski, the league’s gymnast and outstanding senior gymnast of the year, won the EAGL bars title, and Sloanhoffer and Maloney finished in a tie for second on vault at the championship.
In his second season at WVU in 2010, Doak helped guide the Mountaineer vault and floor lineups to the No. 4 and No. 5 EAGL rankings.
His first season with the Mountaineers in 2009 was successful, as the team finished nationally ranked No. 17 on vault and No. 21 on bars. 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, Chelsi Tabor and Maloney earned the EAGL vault title in Doak’s first season.
A native of Beverly, West Virginia, 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.