Kip Simons was named the USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year for the third time.
Lt Col (ret.) Chuck Schweiss enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Air Force men's gymnastics team. A former four-year letterwinner with the Falcons' program, Schweiss is a two-time recipient of the USAG Assistant Coach of the Year award.
On the sidelines as Air Force claimed its first-ever national title at the USAG Collegiate Championships in 2010, Schweiss and former assistant coach Brett McClure shared the USAG Assistant Coach of the Year award. Schweiss repeated as USAG Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011, sharing the award with Jeff Robinson, as the Falcons picked up their second straight title.
Schweiss joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard following his graduation from high school. From the National Guard, he attended the Air Force Academy Prep School in 1977 and subsequently entered the Air Force Academy in 1978. Schweiss spent four years as a member of the men's gymnastics program and served as team captain during his senior year. Schweiss graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.
After undergraduate pilot training, he served as a T-38 instructor at Williams AFB, Ariz., prior to being selected for Pilot Instructor duty at Randolph AFB, Texas. Schweiss also flew the F-16 during a tour at Ramstein AB, Germany, completing over 30 combat missions in support of Operation Provide Comfort over Northern Iraq.
"Over 500 Academy graduates attend pilot training every year," Schweiss said. "I wanted to fly since age 12 and the Air Force Academy was the absolute best opportunity to achieve my flying goal."
Schweiss separated from active duty in 1992, but continued to support the Academy as a liaison officer. He also served as an operations officer for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit and worked as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee with the Air Mobility Command Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB, Ill.
After 20 years of service, he retired from the military in 2000. Four years later, Schweiss re-entered the Air Force Reserve and began his final tour at the Air Force Academy, where he served as an instructor, teaching such courses as boxing, racquetball, SCUBA and unarmed combat. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 2006 and served as the Chief of Cadet Intramurals from 2008-10. In that position, Schweiss oversaw the 3,300 cadets who participate each semester in 16 different intramural sports.
"I work with the best student athletes in the world," he continued. "Not only are they great gymnasts, they are also intelligent and highly motivated young men who will become officers of character in our Air Force."
A senior pilot with over 1,600 hours in the T-38 and over 800 hours in the F-16C, Schweiss has also recorded over 10,000 hours as a pilot with United Airlines. He is currently a Boeing 777 First Officer, domiciled at Washington Dulles.
"Coaching allows me to mold these future officers," Schweiss said. "Through my experience as a gymnast, officer, fighter pilot and airline pilot, I am able to advise our gymnasts on how to achieve their goals. Whether it's becoming the best gymnast in the NCAA or becoming a pilot, our Academy provides it all."
He retired from the Air Force in July 2010.
Schweiss obtained a master's degree in systems management from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is married to Lt Col (ret.) Susan Schweiss (USAFA Class of 1983). They currently reside in Monument, Colo., with their two children, Erik (20, USAFA Class of 2014) and Sarah (18).