Kip Simons Named NCAA West Region Coach of the Year
April 22, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force men's gymnastics coach Kip Simons was named the NCAA West Region Coach of the Year at the awards presentation that runs in conjunction with the 2008 NCAA Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. It is the second coaching distinction of the year for Simons, as he was also named the USAG Coach of the Year in late March.
Simons is the only the third Academy coach to earn the regional coaching distinction from the NCAA, joining Lou Burkel (West Region: 2005, Midwest Region: 1992, 1989) and Carl Townsend (Midwest Region: 1978).
In his third year as the Falcons' head coach, Simons has guided Air Force to back-to-back top-three finishes at the USAG Championships, two USAG national champions, six USAG All-Americans, two USAG Top Senior Award winners, seven NCAA participants and the program's first NCAA All-American in 15 years.
Simons and Stanford's Thom Giliemi were the finalists for the NCAA West Region coaching award.