USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force men’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Robinson has announced that he is retiring from coaching, effective May 31. Robinson, who has spent the past nine seasons with the Falcons’ program, including the last four as the team’s head coach, will transition into a new, untitled project with Cirque du Soleil.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to work with the cadets and outstanding staff at the Air Force Academy,” Robinson said. “The time spent here has been extremely rewarding, but I’m very excited to be working with Cirque du Soleil on this new project.”
During his four years at the helm of the Falcons’ program, Robinson coached the Falcons to three team titles at the USAG Collegiate National Championships, three first-place finishes at the All-Academy Championships and three team appearances at the NCAA National Qualifier. He saw four Falcons combine for seven NCAA All-America awards – a mark that nearly equals Air Force’s All-American total from the previous 51 years – and three claim the only Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in program history.
Under his guidance, Tim Wang was selected as a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award in 2017 and qualified to the Winter Cup Challenge in back-to-back years (2016-17). Robinson’s gymnasts accounted for 10 USAG titles and 34 USAG All-America awards, while resetting every program record. He also coached the men to the Academy’s first-ever victory over conference rival Cal during a 2017 meet in Berkeley.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, Robinson spent five season as an assistant for the Falcons’ squad. Air Force accounted for team titles at the USAG Collegiate National Championships and All-Academy Championships, as well as team bids to the NCAA National Qualifier, during every season.
During his tenure, Robinson was named the USAG Varsity Head Coach of the Year three times (2016-17-18), while earning the division’s Assistant Coach of the Year award four times (2011-12-13-15). He was also honored with the prestigious Honor Coach Award from the College Gymnastics Association in 2015, for recognition of his years of service to coaching and developing gymnasts.
“We thank Coach Robinson for his leadership and wish him well in his retirement from coaching and new professional opportunity,” Air Force Director of Athletics Nathan Pine said. “He did a good job at Air Force of growing our program in all areas. His contributions to develop leaders of character for our Air Force and nation will yield dividends for many years to come.”
A national search to find his successor will begin immediately.