Doug Day

Head Women's Coach, Air Force Academy


Doug Day is entering his second 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 continues to bring a wealth of technical, judging and coaching experience to the Academy. Day currently serves on the WCPC Rules Committee, representing the North Central Region for collegiate women's gymnastics.

Prior to his appointment at the Academy, Day served as the team manager at TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minn. While at TAGS, he oversaw the design and implementation of team practices and facility issues for over 4000 gymnasts and 68 employees.

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.

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 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 the 1996 Olympic Trials in Boston and nine USA Championships. He served as the high bar technical secretary for the 1996 Olympic Games. Day was the national apparatus leader on parallel bars in 1997 and the technical assistant on high bar from 1992-96 for USA Gymnastics. Internationally, he has judged dual meets for the U.S. against China, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan, Australia and Germany. Day also judged at the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan.

Day acted as the commissioner of gymnastics for the New Mexico State Games from 1987-92. Before moving to New Mexico, Day was the co-owner and director of Artistic Gymnastics, Inc., in Long Island, N.Y. From 1978-82, he served as the program director for the U.S. Gymnastics Training Center Camp in Mt. Herman, Mass. Day was also the Director of Adapted Physical Education for Half Hollow Hills School District No. 5 in Dix Hills, N.Y., from 1978-92. In all, 34 of Day's former Junior Olympic athletes have 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 U.S. at the 1989 Golden Sands Invitational in Varna, Bulgaria, and at the 1994-95 Blanc Mesnil Invitational 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, who is a volunteer coach and choreographer for the Falcons, have a 16-year-old daughter, Sierra.