Springfield, Mass. - January 11, 2017 - Springfield College men's gymnastics coach Dr. Steve Posner has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign, his 35th season as the helm of one of the most storied collegiate men's gymnastics programs in the nation.
"It has been an honor and privilege to coach the men's gymnastics team and co-direct our gymnastics exhibition show over the past 35 years and I'm so proud of the hard work, achievements, and personal development of our student-athletes," said Posner. "It has been exciting to see them grow and mature through their four short years at Springfield as we helped them make good choices in and out of the gym, allowed them to excel in the classroom as we consistently had one of top team-cumulative GPA's nationwide, and prepared them to be leaders in their community and chosen profession."
Under his direction the last 35 years, the Springfield College men's gymnastics program has had had a great deal of success, producing 165 All-America honors and 23 National Champions. From a team perspective, Springfield College won three-consecutive USA Collegiate Gymnstics (USAG) Championship from 1991-1993, while Posner himself was selected as the USAG and National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Division II-III Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993, and earned NCAA Eastern Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Additionally, Posner Received the prestigious CGA Coaches Honor Award for his 25 years of meritorious service to the sport of gymnastics and earned NACGC East Region Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, before garnering Coach of the Year honors at the ECAC-EIGL Championships in 2012.
"We've been fortunate to have Coach Posner as the leader of our men's gymnastics program for over three decades. Despite competing on an unlevel playing field for much of his career against scholarship student-athletes from the likes of Penn State, Michigan, and Stanford, Coach Posner always prepared our Springfield College student-athletes for excellence and ensured we had a presence on the national stage," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Craig Poisson. "It's a testament to the program he has helped build that we are the only non-Division I men's gymnastics program remaining in the nation, a program that is steeped in tradition and excellence."
On a global stage, Posner served as the gymnastics chair for the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1997, and was the chairman of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Committee from 1991 to 1994.
"I have enjoyed working with our outstanding coaches, administrators, athletic support staff and faculty," said Posner. "I truly value and appreciate my years at Springfield College and look forward to following and supporting our men's gymnastics team to continue to enhance our great tradition of excellence."
A collegiate gymnast himself, Posner competed at the University of California and earned All-American honors in the floor exercise in 1974. The following year, he helped lead the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division I Championship. He was a member of the U.S. Elite National Team from 1973 to 1975 and won gold medals in the floor exercise and in the all-around at the 1973 Maccabiah Games.
Posner joined the Springfield College staff in 1982 after coaching at SUNY Cortland for two years. He also served as an assistant coach at Syracuse University from 1979to 1980. Posner earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal-Berkeley, his master's degree in physical education from Syracuse, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.