Olympian Brett McClure is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Air Force men's gymnastics team. A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal in Athens, McClure is the second member of the coaching staff with Olympic experience, as head coach Kip Simons was a member of the 1996 U.S. Men's Gymnastics team.
McClure brings an impressive resume to the Falcons' coaching staff, as he spent seven years as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
At the national level, McClure competed in six U.S. Championship meets, collecting 12 top-three finishes. He earned top honors on the pommel horse at both the 2001 and 2004 meets. The native of Mill Creek, Wash., also competed in seven of the prestigious Winter Cup Challenges. At the 2003 meet, he claimed first-place honors on the pommel horse, high bar and all-around.
He competed in over 20 international competitions, including the 2004 Olympic Games. While in Athens, he helped the United States to a silver medal in the team standings - the best team finish by the U.S. men in 20 years. In fact, it marked just the third time since 1906 that the United States had medaled at the Olympic Games (1932-silver, 1984-gold and 2004-silver).
In addition to his stint on the Olympic Team, McClure competed in three world championships, helping the U.S. to a pair of second-place finishes. During international competitions, he was a part of three first-place teams, while amassing 10 first-place individual finishes and over 20 second- or third-place marks.
McClure, who retired from competitive gymnastics in May 2006, resides in Colorado Springs.