USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Former Iowa State head coach Dave Mickelson, who has volunteered with the Air Force men’s gymnastics team for the last several years, joined the program as a full-time assistant today (Aug. 21), Air Force head coach Jeff Robinson announced.
“We’re glad to have Dave join us,” Robinson said. “He’s been on board as a volunteer and brings a wealth of experience to our program. He’ll be a tremendous addition to our full-time staff.”
Mickelson, who has also served as the meet director during home competitions, has been a consistent presence in the Falcons’ gym over the last 16 years. He has been on the sidelines as Air Force has captured the last eight USAG team titles and advanced as a team to the NCAA National Qualifier in each of the last seven years.
“I’m excited to be with the team full time,” Mickelson said. “I look forward to helping these young men as they continue their journey towards excellence, both in their athletic careers and in their future as officers in the United States Air Force.”
During Mickelson’s tenure as the head coach at Iowa State (1984-94), the Cyclones produced five NCAA All-Americans, including Mark Diab, who won back-to-back national titles on the still rings. Iowa State also claimed a fourth-place finish in the team standings at the 1984 NCAA Championships.
Prior to his promotion to head coach, Mickelson spent six years as an assistant coach with the Cyclones, helping generate one Olympian, three NCAA individual champions and 13 NCAA All-Americans. In addition, Iowa State collected four straight top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a runner-up placement at the 1980 championship meet.
Mickelson has served on numerous boards during his career, including the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee, the United States Gymnastics Federation Board of Directors and the USGF Men’s Program Committee. In addition, he served as the chair of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee (1987-91) and spent 10 years as the National Safety Certifier for the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.
A 1981 graduate of Iowa State University, Mickelson earned a degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration. He was a three-year letterwinner for the Cyclones’ gymnastics program, helping Iowa State to three Big Eight championships and two NCAA Championship team titles.