Ohio State assistant coach serves as assistant coach to world team

Dmitri Bilozertchev, Ohio State men’s gymnastics assistant coach, was named assistant coach of the 2007 Junior Pan American team by USA Gymnastics Tuesday. Bilozertchev and his son Alexy, the 2007 U.S. Junior All-Around Champion, will represent the United States at the championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov. 19-26.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Bilozertchev became the youngest gymnast in history to claim a world title at age 16 in 1983. In his third season working with the Buckeyes, the decorated gymnast has helped Ohio State to back-to-back Big Ten championships.

The U.S. junior men’s team will be led by head coach Yin Alvarez and consist of Bilozertchev of Hilliard, Ohio, Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif., Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas, and Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla. John Orozco, a native of Bronx, N.Y., will serve as an alternate.

Buckeye freshman Sean Regan, who competed for a spot on the Pan American championships team Oct.15-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., finished the training session with the second best score on floor (14.7) to help Team USA-Red to victory against Team USA-White and Team Germany.

Under the leadership of head coach Yin Alvarez and assistant coach Dmitri Bilozertchev the junior team claimed the gold medal Nov. 24 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams claimed all three all-around medals en route to first-place finishes.

Bilozertchev’s son Alexy returned home with five medals. During the team competition, Alexy finished second on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars and third in the all-around. At the event finals, the Buckeye recruit added his fifth medal of the championships, earning his second silver on parallel bars.