Sept. 14, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force men's gymnastics team added Jeff Robinson to its coaching staff, sixth-year head coach Kip Simons announced today (Tuesday, Sept. 14). Robinson brings over 30 years of experience in gymnastics, ranging from performance to hands-on teaching and coaching. He has also worked in a variety of capacities for the USA Gymnastics Men's Program for over 20 years.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to become a member of the Air Force men's gymnastics program," Robinson said. "The tradition of excellence here at the Academy is extremely impressive and I am very proud to now be a part of it."
Since 1986, Robinson has worked with USA Gymnastics, including three years as the Junior Olympic Program Coordinator (2006-08). He also served two terms as chairman of the men's age group competition committee, worked on the Task Force for Elite Training Alternatives committee and has served as a guest clinician and presenter at numerous USAG Men's Coaching Workshops and at the USAG National and Regional Congress.
He is the co-founder and owner of Gymnastics University LLC, a gymnastics business consultancy firm that assists in areas ranging from facility development and construction to freelance teaching and coaching to business development and staff development.
Robinson has also spent the last 21 years working in the entertainment division at Walt Disney World Resort. He was the principal performer for multiple live-action shows, including Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Fantasmic and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. He also spent five years as a stunt manager, where he recruited and trained new players, evaluated performances, wrote operational guidelines and safety procedures and inspected the facility.
He spent 10 years at Elite Gymnastics of Orlando, a club that he co-founded in 1992. As the men's program director and head coach, Robinson helped develop 10 U.S. Junior and Senior National Team members. He also worked as the head coach for the Barbados International Men's Gymnastics Delegation and served as the personal coach for Francis `Shane' DeFreitas, who competed at the 1995 World Championships, the 1996 I.E.F. World Championships and the 1996 Olympic Games.
He has also served as the boy's program director and head coach at Brown's Gymnastics Central (1984-88) and as the general manager, program director and head coach at Gymnastics Plus (1983-84).
He has received numerous coaching awards, most recently as a member of the inaugural USA Gymnastics Region VIII Hall of Fame in 2010. A FIG Level III Brevet Coach, Robinson was named Coach of the Year by the Florida USA Gymnastics Men's Program (2003) and by the Seminole County School Board (1989).
Robinson is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University (education: physical education/biology). He went on to earn a master's degree in education (physical education/business) from Memphis State University in 1983.
"I am extremely excited to have Jeff on board," Simons said. "His knowledge of the sport spans from the Junior Olympic level to the international scene. Having run the JO program for many years, there is not a club coach out there that doesn't know Jeff. He will make an immediate impact on our recruiting and also skill development in the gym. Jeff will be a great addition to the entire Air Force athletic department."