Former Olympian Brett McClure Joins Men's Gymnastics Coaching Staff
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- Former Olympian Brett McClure has been named assistant coach of the Air Force men's gymnastics team, head coach Kip Simons announced. A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the Athens Games, McClure will be the second member of the coaching staff with Olympic experience, as Simons was a member of the 1996 U.S. team.
"I am really excited to be a part of Air Force men's gymnastics team," McClure said upon his hiring. "I am honored to be a part of such a great academy. Having 1996 Olympian Kip Simons as head coach, and myself as one of two assistants, I think we will be able to put together some great new ideas and strategies for this program."
McClure brings an impressive resume to the Falcons' coaching staff, as he has spent the past seven years as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
At the national level, McClure has competed in six U.S. Championship meets, collecting 12 top-three finishes. He earned top honors on the pommel horse at both the 2001 and 2004 meets. The native of Mill Creek, Wash., has also competed in seven of the past eight prestigious Winter Cup Challenges. At the 2003 meet, he claimed first-place honors on the pommel horse, high bar and all-around.
He has competed in over 20 international competitions, including the 2004 Olympic Games. While in Athens, he helped the United States to a silver medal in the team standings -- the best team finish by the U.S. men in 20 years. In fact, it marked just the third time since 1906 that the United States had medaled at the Olympic Games (1932-silver, 1984-gold and 2004-silver).
In addition to his stint on the Olympic Team, McClure has competed in two world championships, helping the U.S. to a pair of second-place team finishes. During international competitions, he has been a part of three first-place teams, while amassing 10 first-place individual finishes and over 20 second- or third-place marks.
McClure, who retired from competitive gymnastics in May 2006, resides in Colorado Springs, where he had been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is married to 1996 Olympic gold-medalist Jaycie Phelps.