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National Coaches of the Year

Apr 19, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – For the third consecutive year, Stanford's men's gymnastics coaching staff, led by 19th-year head coach Thom Glielmi, has been named CGA National Coaching Staff of the Year.

As of 1973, the National Head Coach and Assistant Coaches of the Year are presented annually to the coaches of the team that wins the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal captured its seventh NCAA title on Saturday night – repeating as national champion after winning it all in 2019. Stanford's coaching staff also earned the honor in 2020 after the CGA held a vote to determine the winners due to the 2020 season being canceled short during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The National Coach of the Year selection is the fifth of Glielmi's career after previously guiding the Cardinal to titles in 2009, 2011 and 2019.

Assistant coach Syque Caesar has now been named Regional and National Assistant Coach of the Year in three consecutive seasons, while assistant coach Mark Freeman has been lauded as Regional and National Assistant Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinal.

Led by four All-America selections for junior Brody Malone, Stanford garnered 15 as a team – one shy of the program record set in 2020. Riley Loos and Ian Gunther both collected three All-America selections, while Brandon Briones claimed two. Zach Martin, Curran Phillips and Blake Sun rounded out the All-America honors with one apiece.

Malone repeated as an individual national champion on Saturday, capturing the all-around and high bar titles for the second time in as many championship meets. Malone turned in an 85.064 in the all-around, edging 2021 Nissen-Emery Award winner Shane Wiskus (84.866) of Minnesota for the title. Malone hit for a season-best 14.466 to win the high bar championship, marking the fifth consecutive high bar title for Stanford. The native of Summerville, Ga. is the first NCAA men's gymnast to win the all-around title in his first two championship meets. He is also the first to win the all-around in back-to-back seasons since Michigan's Sam Mikulak (2013-14). With two individual national titles on Saturday night, Malone has tied the program record for the most in Stanford history with five – joining Steve Hug and Akash Modi.

Glielmi has now led the Cardinal to four NCAA titles, which ranks third overall among active Stanford head coaches and trails only Lele Forood of women's tennis (10) and John Tanner of men's water polo (7).