Peter Jansson enters his tenth season with UIC after his Flames turned in one of the best seasons in school history.
Jansson helped lead UIC to an 18-5-1 mark in 1999, setting a school record for wins in a season. That performance earned the Flames an invitation to the NCAA Regionals for just the third time in school history and the first since 1995. For his efforts, Jansson was named the NCAA Regional Head Coach of the Year in 1999.
UIC won the Midwest Independent championship for the second consecutive season under Jansson, pulling out a victory over host Illinois State to claim the title. The Flames advanced to the NCAA Regional in Lincoln, Neb., where UIC's Gabriella Brunn placed sixth in the vault.
Jansson can be credited for helping to revive women's gymnastics at UIC. He inherited a program in 1990 that had just a .205 overall winning percentage. But the tenth-year coach has turned the program around, notching five winning seasons since 1990 and boosting the school's overall winning percentage to .426. The Flames' 18 wins last season pushed Jansson over 100 career-victory mark, upping his coaching ledger to 102-88-1 (.537).
But the 1998-99 season was not the only successful campaign for Jansson. He led the 1998 team to a 13-10 record and a third-place finish at the National Invitational Tournament. The 13 wins stand as the fourth-highest single-season total in UIC history.
In 1997, the Flames captured their first-ever Illinois Classic title while finishing the year ranked 36th in the country. Senior Emily McKee concluded her assault on the UIC record book, posting two more school records on the uneven bars and in the all-around while equaling a UIC best on the balance beam. McKee wrapped up her illustrious career with her fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals.
UIC compiled a 16-11 dual meet record in 1996, and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament. The 16 wins tied a school-record for wins in a season that would stand until the 1998-99 campaign. McKee and Wendi Farquharson broke the school’s balance beam record as both landed 9.900 during the year and helped set a then-new team record with a 48.975 at the Arizona Invitational.
During the 1995 campaign, the rising Flames had -- at that time -- their best year ever under Jansson’s tutelage, finishing with a 14-11 record during the regular season. UIC not only proved it was one of the best teams in the Land of Lincoln, but also in the Midwest with its second consecutive first-place finish at the Midwest Independent Championships. The Flames' success in 1995 helped Jansson earn his first NCAA Regional Coach of the Year Award. Another first in school history happened as the Flames qualified for the NCAA Central Regional as a team and captured fifth in the rugged seven-team field. Jansson at UIC
Additionally, in the record-setting 1995 season, UIC rewrote team and individual records in five categories before the ink from the previous season had time to dry. The Flames’ 14 wins in 1995 also eclipsed the record (10) for the most victories in school history at that time.
A native of Sweden, Jansson assisted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1989 to 1990, contributing to a Big Ten Championship. In addition, Jansson was Assistant Director of Gymnastics at the University of Illinois Summer Camp in 1985 and from 1987 to 1993. He has also run clinics for both gymnasts and coaches in Sweden in the summers. Jansson also brings his gymnastics knowledge closer to home as he hosts the annual UIC Girls Gymnastics Camp every summer.
Prior to earning his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jansson completed work on his bachelor’s degree at the University of Stockholm.
UIC under Jansson Season Record Pct. 1990-91 9-12 .429 1991-92 3-12 .200 1992-93 9-8 .529 1993-94 10-11 .476 1994-95 14-11 .560 1995-96 16-11 .593 1996-97 10-8 .556 1997-98 13-10 .565 1998-99 18-5-1 .771