NCAA Site Release
Dec. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced last week that Army has been selected as the site for the 2017 NCAA Men's Division I Gymnastics Championships. The three-day competition will be held at Christl Arena April 20-22.
Chosen to host the NCAAs for the fourth time in school history, Army was among the 23 sites awarded for 82 of the 89 championships for the 2014-18 seasons, making it the largest collection of host site announcements in NCAA association history.
"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2017 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships," said Boo Corrigan, Army's Director of Athletics. "West Point is a national treasure, and we believe Christl Arena will be the perfect place to showcase the student-athletes. We are grateful to the NCAA and the committee for choosing our institution to be the site for the national championship."
The original pool of bids included 1,984 submissions. The sites were selected by the respective sport committees, made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, and ultimately approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets or committees. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This new process gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience. In addition, it creates efficiencies across championships allowing for better coordination and planning by the NCAA and its hosts.
"It is a tremendous honor for us to be chosen once again to host this prestigious event where we can showcase our facility and institution nationally," said Army head coach Doug Van Everen, who worked with the Army Athletic Association and the NCAA committee to secure this event for the third time in his tenure. "We are excited for the opportunity that hosting the tournament provides our program in recruiting and fan support "
Army's list of NCAA individual champions numbers six, the last in 1960 (Army Hall of Fame Jon Aaronsohn, flying rings), while Van Everen had two of his gymnasts earn runner-up honors in Brian Lee, still rings, in 2005 when Army hosted the NCAAs, along with Dustin Greenhill on parallel bars in 2003. At last year's NCAA Championships, senior Garrek Hojan-Clarkwas among the top 10 gymnasts on pommel horse to advance to the individual finals.
Army hosted the NCAA men's gymnastics national championships for the first time in 1950 at Hayes Gymnasium before the event returned to West Point in 2005 and 2010 at Christl Arena. The freshmen class will be seniors when the Black Knights host the NCAAs in 2017 for the fourth time to rank among the leaders hosting the tournament. Nebraska has hosted it 10 times, Penn State eight, Chicago five with Army, Ohio State and Oklahoma tied at four.