Kip Simons named Head Coach of the Year; Josh Loeser and Jeff Robinson named top USAG assistants.
The 32nd-annual meet begins at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet West Gym.
Kip Simons was named the USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year for the third time.
Jeff Robinson returns for his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Air Force men's gymnastics team. He brings over 30 years of experience in gymnastics to the Falcons' program, ranging from performance to hands-on teaching and coaching. In addition, he has served in a variety of capacities for the USA Gymnastics Men's Program for over 25 years.
Helping the Falcons to three consecutive USAG National Championship titles, Robinson has been named the USAG Assistant Coach of the Year during each of his first three seasons. In addition to the team titles at the USAG Championships, Air Force has claimed three straight titles at the All-Academy Championships, posted its best-ever finish at the NCAA National Qualifier and set five Academy records since Robinson's arrival.
Since 1986, Robinson has worked with USA Gymnastics, including three years as the Junior Olympic Program Coordinator (2006-08). He also served two terms as chairman of the men's age group competition committee, worked on the Task Force for Elite Training Alternatives committee and has served as a guest clinician and presenter at numerous USAG Men's Coaching Workshops and at the USAG National and Regional Congress.
Robinson was honored with the Frank Comiskey Service Award during the 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals meet, recognizing the work he has done with the Junior Program over the last 25 years. It is the highest honor awarded to an administrator of the USA Gymnastics junior program.
He is the co-founder and owner of Gymnastics University LLC, a gymnastics business consultancy firm that assists in areas ranging from facility development and construction to freelance teaching and coaching to business development and staff development.
Robinson spent many years working in the entertainment division at Walt Disney World Resort. He was a principal performer for multiple live-action shows, including Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Fantasmic and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. He also worked as a stunt manager, where he recruited and trained new players, evaluated performances, wrote operational guidelines and safety procedures and inspected the facility.
He spent 10 years at Orlando Metro Gymnastics, a club that he co-founded in 1992. As the men's program director and head coach, Robinson helped develop 10 U.S. Junior and Senior National Team members. He also worked as the head coach for the Barbados International Men's Gymnastics Delegation and served as the personal coach for Francis `Shane' DeFreitas, who competed at the 1995 World Championships, the 1996 I.E.F. World Championships and the 1996 Olympic Games.
Robinson also served as the boy's program director and head coach at Brown's Gymnastics Central (1984-88) and as the general manager, program director and head coach at Gymnastics Plus (1983-84).
A FIG Level III Brevet Coach, Robinson has received numerous coaching awards at the club level. A member of the inaugural USA Gymnastics Region VIII Hall of Fame in 2010, he has also been named Coach of the Year by the Florida USA Gymnastics Men's Program (2003) and by the Seminole County School Board (1989).
Robinson is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University (education: physical education/biology). He went on to earn a master's degree in education (physical education/business) from Memphis State University in 1983.
He and his wife, Kristine, an assistant coach for the Air Force women's gymnastics team, have a blended family with seven children - Jessica (23), Danielle (21), Megan (20), Mason (19), Christopher (8), Dallas (6) and Garrett (6).