March 30, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After leading the Air Force men's gymnastics team to its fourth straight USA Gymnastics national title, the Falcons' staff received a pair of coaching accolades. Eighth-year head coach Kip Simons was named the co-USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year, while assistant coaches Josh Loeser and Jeff Robinson were named the USAG Varsity Assistant Coaches of the Year.
It is the fourth USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year award for Simons, who also claimed the honor in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He shared this year's award with William & Mary's Cliff Gauthier. Since taking over the program in 2005, he has guided the Falcons to four straight USAG team titles (the only such titles in program history). He has also coached one NCAA All-American (two awards), one Nissen-Emery finalist, 11 USAG champions (19 titles) and 31 USAG All-Americans (66 total certificates).
Robinson is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Falcons, while Loeser is in his first year. The 2013 honor marks the fourth consecutive year that Air Force has claimed the top assistant coaching honor from the USAG (Brett McClure/Chuck Schweiss in 2010, Robinson/Schweiss in 2011 and 2012).
Air Force successfully defended its national title on Friday night, while Nick Owen (pommel horse) and Nick Gaudlip (parallel bars) earned individual USAG titles on Saturday. In addition to the event winners, Denis Aurelius (floor exercise), Tory Brown (vault), Gared Chapman (floor exercise, still rings), Greg Chaput (parallel bars), Mac Ritchie (high bar) and Jon Spiro (still rings) earned USAG All-America distinction.