It is the first conference award of Larsen's career.
Jen Larsen posted a career-high 9.800 to pace the Falcons on the floor exercise.
Air Force will face the Pioneers at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Action photos from the USAG Event Finals at the Academy on April 10.
Action photos from the USAG Team Finals at the Academy on April 9.
Action photos from the Falcons' season-opening meet at No. 13 Denver on Jan. 8.
Doug Day, the 2011 Coach of the Year by both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and USA Gymnastics, is entering his eighth season as the head coach of the Air Force women's gymnastics team.
As the first NCAA coach to earn national assistant coach of the year honors with both a men's and women's team, Day brought a wealth of technical, judging and coaching experience to the Academy. He is currently a member of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, where he represents the North Central Region, while also serving on the WCPC Rules Committee, as the North Central Region representative for collegiate women's gymnastics.
In seven years at the helm of the Air Force program, Day has coached 15 USAG All-Americans to a combined 35 certificates. He was selected as the NCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2008, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and the USAG Coach of the Year in 2011.
He coached Abbey Rogers to back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year awards (2008, 2009) and to the program's first-ever conference championship titles (balance beam, floor exercise, all-around) in 2009. Rogers was also awarded as the 2009 Mountain West Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, marking just the fourth time that an athlete from a sport not sponsored by the MW has won the league's top honor.
Since Rogers' first conference title in 2009, Day has seen four more Falcons claim MPSF titles. Jenna Dudley earned the program's first vault title in 2010, while Brittany Dutton and Lisa Wong shared the balance beam title in 2011. Most recently, Jessica Wallander matched the best score in MPSF history (9.925) to capture the vault title at the 2013 championship meet, while becoming the first Air Force gymnast since 2004 to set a program record.
In addition to her conference title on the beam, Dutton claimed a share of the national title on the uneven bars at the 2011 USAG National Collegiate Championships - the first Air Force gymnast to earn a USAG national title since 2004. Dutton was also named Gymnast of the Year by both the MPSF and USAG that season.
Under Day's leadership, the Falcons have continued to improve their overall team scores, culminating in the highest score in nearly a decade (194.700) last season. In 2013, Air Force collected five of the six-highest scores of Day's tenure, while breaking the 193-point mark all five times. In addition, he has seen multiple gymnasts qualify to the NCAA Regional Championships, including a program-best four on two occasions (2010, 2013).
Away from the gym, eight of his cadet-athletes have earned selections to the academic all-conference team, while two claimed all-academic team honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women, three have been chosen as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes and two have been honored as USAG Scholar-Athletes. In addition, Rogers was named to the academic all-district team by CoSIDA following the 2008 and 2009 seasons, while earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Prior to accepting the assignment at Air Force, Day served as the head coach at TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minn. While at TAGS, he oversaw the design and implementation of team practices and facility issues.
Day spent nine years (1997-2006) as the assistant coach for the women's gymnastics program at the University of Minnesota. During his time with the Golden Gophers, the team won two Big Ten team titles (1998, 2006) and made one team appearance at the NCAA Championships (2002). In addition, five Gophers won individual conference titles, two were named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, two earned regional championship titles, two claimed All-America honors and four individually qualified for the NCAA Championships. His Minnesota gymnasts also accounted for 62 Academic All-Big Ten awards and 21 NCAA Academic All-America citations. In addition to his coaching duties, Day taught physical education classes at Minnesota and served as the NACGC/W awards chairman for four years.
For his work with the Gophers, Day will be inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame in January 2014.
Before joining the Minnesota program, Day served as the assistant men's gymnastics coach at the University of New Mexico from 1986-97. While with the Lobos, he coached 10 individual national champions, 21 All-Americans and 36 individual conference champions, while helping New Mexico to five Western Athletic Conference team titles. He also taught physical education courses at UNM. In January 1997, Day was inducted into the University of New Mexico Gymnastics Hall of Fame for his contributions as an athlete and as a coach with the men's gymnastics team.
While as an assistant at the collegiate level, Day claimed two NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year awards, becoming the first NCAA coach to earn that distinction for both a men's and women's team. Day first earned the honor while on the men's coaching staff at New Mexico in 1995. In 2002, he received that distinction with the Minnesota women's program. In addition, Day earned two Regional Assistant Coach of the Year while with the Golden Gophers (2001, 2006).
Day was the co-owner of Duke City Gymnastics School, a private gymnastics club in Albuquerque, where he produced numerous state and regional champions. From 1986-97, he served as the president of the New Mexico Judges Association, and from 1996-97, he served as the treasurer/secretary of the men's College Gymnastics Association. In addition, Day was the event director of three NCAA Western Regional Gymnastics Championships and the assistant event director of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., following the 1993 season.
Day has more than 25 years of judging experience, including stints at nine USA Championship meets and the 1996 Olympic Trials in Boston. He served as the high bar technical secretary for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the national apparatus leader on parallel bars in 1997 and the USAG technical assistant on high bar from 1992-96. Internationally, he has judged the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan, and dual meets for the United States against China, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan, Australia and Germany.
Day spent six years as the commissioner of gymnastics for the New Mexico State Games (1987-92).
Before moving to New Mexico, Day was the co-owner and director of Artistic Gymnastics, Inc., in Long Island, N.Y., and served as the program director for the U.S. Gymnastics Training Center Camp in Mt. Herman, Mass., from 1978-82. He also spent 14 years as the Director of Adapted Physical Education for Half Hollow Hills School District No. 5 in Dix Hills, N.Y. (1978-92).
In all, 34 of his former Junior Olympic athletes received full athletic scholarships to major universities. Athletes trained by Day have competed in the Olympic Games (1988, 1992), the World Gymnastics Championships (1979, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999), the USA McDonald's American Cup and the 1997 Maccabia Games.
Day served as coach for the United States at the 1989 Golden Sands Invitational in Varna, Bulgaria, and at the 1994-95 Blanc Mesnil Invitational meets in Paris, France. He also served as an assistant coach for Slovenia at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships in Tianjin, China.
Day received his bachelor's degree in physical education from New Mexico in 1977 and his master's degree in adapted physical education from Springfield College in 1978. He and his wife, Lynn, have a 22-year-old daughter, Sierra, who attends the University of New Mexico.