Thank You FirstiesBy Doug Van Everen, Head Gymnastics Coach

To the Class of 2020 Army Gymnasts:

I can’t put into words how much I have enjoyed coaching all of you, but I will try. From the day you arrived four years ago, you have moved the bar higher and been an inspiration to the rest on the team. You were dedicated, hardworking and always put the needs of the team first. With both success and failure, you always stayed focused and true to the core principles our program. ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!

Having missed the last third of our season was heart breaking. Senior day, conference championships, NCAA’s and of course our team banquet/BBQ croquet beatdown. I know you have all learned a lot about yourselves this season and you are stronger and better people because of the sacrifices you made every day. I thank you for your leadership and most importantly all the laughs we had. I know that our friendship will continue strong as will your support for future Army Gymnastics teams. There were so many highlights, but I must mention a few:

Rex’s excellence on high bar, and his mental fits on vault. His love of pommel horse and hitting a routine.

Liam’s record high! The lessons Liam learned about wrestling in hotel rooms and his steady determination to train hard and never give up.

Grant’s air awareness by brail, his never give up attitude despite injury and his leadership as co-captain.

Darrel’s break from all around to three events – FYI Darrel, you can’t tumble. Totally consistent and always putting the team first. He would do anything for the team. He is grounded and caring.

Then comes Alex. Able to do his 7th grade high bar set for all those years! This, as you know, is no small task at the Academy, but he got it done and was often the cleanest set out there. I also liked the academic success that came his senior year. We love you Alex, and we won many competitions because of your efforts.

Eric, a floor vault hero! High hit percentage and better in every meet as the seasons went on. You never let us down, with rock solid performances every time, but stay away from high bar. Read more.

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