April 6, 2005
WEST POINT, N.Y. - In conjunction with the 2005 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship banquet, the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) handed out some very prestigious awards tonight at Army's Eisenhower Hall. Among those special recipients were Army head coach Doug Van Everen, who was chosen as the East Regional Coach of the Year, and his assistant, Carmine Giglio, who earned the National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Now in his 15th year as Army's gymnastics mentor, Van Everen was awarded East Regional Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his tenure and second time in the last three years (1993, 2003, 2005). He has guided the Black Knights to an 11-1 record this season and their first ECAC Championship in 43 years two weeks ago. For that achievement, Van Everen also copped ECAC "Coach of the Year" accolades. Thanks to Van Everen's keen leadership, the Black Knights are making their second straight trip to the NCAA Championships, which commence Thursday at Army's own Christl Arena at West Point.
Similar to Van Everen, fifth-year Army assistant coach Carmine Giglio earned his second coaching plaudit in as many weeks when it was announced that he was the recipient of the National Assistant Coach of the Year award. This honor was instituted in 1989 and Giglio becomes the first Army assistant to win this coveted honor. Since Giglio's arrival at West Point, the Black Knights have sported an overall record of 48-14.
The Army men's gymnastics team will begin its quest for their first-ever NCAA Championship Thursday at 7 p.m. in the second of two NCAA Qualifying sessions.
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