Miles Avery is a coaching ICON in USA Men’s Gymnastics at the NCAA, World, and Olympic levels. Miles competed in various sports growing up and then competed for Temple University, going on to the USA National Team in 1981. Since then, his coaching has led to a string of firsts, including coaching several World Championship teams and four Olympic Teams (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008):
-First Black head coach of a NCAA Division II men’s gymnastics program (East Stroudsburg University, 1985)
-First Black head coach at an NCAA Division I program (The Ohio State University, 1997).
-The first and only Black coach for USA Men’s Gymnastics at a World Championships OR an Olympic Games.
-The only American to coach a male gymnast to Olympic All-Around Gold (Paul Hamm, 2004)
Miles was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017 and his many awards and accolades include: 3X NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year (1992, 1996-97); 2001 NCAA Coach of the Year; 5X Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001-02, 2005-07); and 2X USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year (2005, 2008). In addition to owning and running OSEGA Gymnastics in North Carolina, Miles has competed on America Ninja Warrior and even faced his former athlete Paul Hamm in 2016.
Miles, we salute you!
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