Meet Head Coach Steve Posner
Entering his 32nd season as head coach in 2013-14, Dr. Steve Posner
continues to be recognized as one of the most outstanding collegiate gymnastics coaches in the East.
During the 2013 season, Posner led the Pride to a first-place finish at the New England Championships, fourth in the USAG's, and 4th at the ECAC's.
Posner, who has coached 153 All-Americans and 23 National Champions, led the Pride to three straight USAG crowns from 1991 to 1993 during his tenure at Springfield College. He was selected both 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. In 2007, Steve received the prestigious CGA Coaches Honor Award for his 25 years of meritorious service to the sport of gymnastics. In both 2008 and 2009, he was named the NACGC East Region Coach of the Year. After leading the Pride to a second-place finish at the ECAC-EIGL Championships, the highest finish under Posner's watch, he earned Coach of the Year honor in 2012.
Posner's latest success story was with Jimmy Pezzino, who won a pair of USAG Men's Gymnastics National Championships in in the floor exercise, and earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship . Additionally, Ryan Ponce has captured consecutive ECAC titles on the still rings and has advanced to the second day of the NCAA Championships the past two years.
One of Posner's gymnasts and former graduate assistant, Ricardo Portalatin, was chosen to represent Puerto Rico at the 1995 World Championship in Japan. In 1984, another one of Posner's gymnasts, Jeff Coelho, finished second in the NCAA Division I Championships behind Olympic Champion Tim Daggett, as Coelho edged out Olympian Mitch Gaylord.
Posner served as the gymnastics chair for the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1997. He was the chairman of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Committee from 1991 to 1994 and is the current President of that committee. He is also the current chairman of the NCAA Rules Committee, a post that will expire in Sept., 2009.
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, an associate professor of sport management, 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 1977 to 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.
Posner's latest book, published in 2008, and entitled Coaching Leadership Handbook -- Instilling Values and Character Through Sport
, is available on www.amazon.com.