Dave Mickelson returns for his eighth season as a volunteer coach for the Air Force men's gymnastics team. Mickelson joined the Falcons after spending 11 years as the head coach with the Iowa State men's team, following a six-year stint as the Cyclones' assistant coach.
During Mickelson's tenure as head coach, Iowa State produced five NCAA All-Americans, including two NCAA individual champions. As a team, ISU picked up a fourth-place team finish at the national meet.
As an assistant coach with the Cyclones, Mickelson helped generate 13 NCAA All-Americans, three NCAA individual champions and one Olympian. In addition, Iowa State finished fourth at the NCAA Championships on three occasions, while also earning a second-place mark during his term as an assistant coach.
Mickelson has served on numerous boards during his career, including the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee, the United States Gymnastics Federation Board of Directors and the United States Gymnastics Federation Men's Program Committee. In addition, he was the chair of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee (1987-91) and spent 10 years as a National Safety Certifier for the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.
A 1981 graduate of Iowa State, Mickelson earned a degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. He was a three-year letterwinner on the Cyclones' gymnastics team. During his career, Iowa State earned three Big Eight Conference Championships and two NCAA Championship team titles.