USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- After leading Air Force to its eighth-straight USAG team title, the Falcons' coaching staff and senior Tim Wang received individual accolades at the conclusion of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, which were held this past weekend (March 24-25) in Everett, Washington. Jeff Robinson was named the USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year, while Josh and Josiah Loeser shared the USAG Varsity Assistant Coach of the Year award and Wang was named the USAG Varsity Senior Gymnast of the Year.
Robinson, in his second year as the Falcons' head coach, has led Air Force to back-to-back USAG team titles during his tenure and a top-10 ranking in the nation. It is the sixth USAG coaching award for Robinson, who has been on the sideline for seven of the program's eight team titles. The Falcons' mentor earned the division's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, before capturing Head Coach of the Year honors last season.
Josh Loeser is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Falcons, while Josiah is in his second year on the Academy coaching staff. It is the fourth USAG Assistant Coach of the Year award for Josh, who shared the coaching award with Robinson in 2013 and 2015, before sharing it with his brother in 2016.
Wang, who captured his third-straight USAG pommel horse title and second-straight USAG all-around title this past weekend, is a two-time NCAA All-American, five-time USAG champion, 13-time USAG All-American, three-time Winter Cup competitor and a finalist for the 2017 Nissen-Emery Award. The senior, who has claimed the team's MVP award during two of his first three seasons, currently holds the Academy records on the pommel horse, still rings, vault and all-around.
He is the eighth gymnast in Academy history to earn the USAG Senior Gymnast of the Year honor, joining Jerry Michael Cline (1994), Aaron Jackson (2003), Kurt Antonio (2007), Greg Stine (2008), Jake Schonig (2009), Nash Mills (2011) and Josh Ramos (2015).
Air Force successfully defended its USAG national title for the eighth-straight year on Friday night. Backed by USAG individual titles on the pommel horse and all-around from Wang, the Falcons claimed 11 USAG All-America honors -- Wang (pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, all-around), junior Fletcher Braunton (still rings), senior Chase Cannon (pommel horse), junior Jonathon Fornoff (parallel bars), sophomore Christian Kalustian (vault) and sophomore Eric Klein (floor exercise).