COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miles Avery, Ohio State men’s gymnastics coach, has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities, effective immediately, Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Wednesday. Current assistant coaches Blaine Wilson and Doug Stibel will serve as interim co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.
“We appreciate everything Coach Avery has done to keep Ohio State as one of the elite men’s gymnastics programs in the nation,” Lyke said. “He has built traditions, sustained success and positively impacted the lives of our student-athletes, developing them into leaders academically, athletically and personally. We are grateful for his service to Buckeye Nation and wish him the best as he moves forward.”
Wilson, a three-time Olympian, moved into a full-time assistant coaching position for the Buckeyes prior to the 2009-10 season after working with the team as a volunteer assistant coach for a combined seven campaigns, in two different stints, most recently in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons after being with the team from 2000-05. As a coach, Wilson has brought a wealth of knowledge to the gym, helping guide the Buckeyes to their third national championship in 2001 along with three Top 3 finishes (2002, ‘03 and ‘05). He was on staff when the Buckeyes won Big Ten Conference titles in 2002 and ’05.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Wilson helped establish Ohio State as one of the premiere collegiate programs in both the Big Ten and the nation, competing from 1994-97. The most decorated Buckeye in program history, Wilson captured six NCAA individual titles and helped Ohio State to its second of three national titles in 1996, in addition to three Big Ten crowns (1994, ’96 and ’97). Owner of 11 Big Ten individual titles, including three all-around championships, Wilson became the first Buckeye to receive the conference’s rookie of the year honor in 1994 before being named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year the next three seasons. Wilson claimed five U.S. all-around titles (1996-200) and earned the silver medal in the team competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Stibel is in his 10th season on the Ohio State staff. As a member of the coaching staff, Stibel has helped coach the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championship crowns (2002, ’05, ’06, ’07). For his work in the 2007 season, Stibel garnered his first-career Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolade. In 2003, Stibel served as a team coach for the U.S. National team which won silver at the World Championships in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, he helped coach 3-of-6 members of the 2004 Olympic Team.
A four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes (1996-99), Stibel was a member of the 1996 NCAA champion team and 1996 and ‘97 Big Ten championship squads. He won the conference high bar title in 1999 and holds the Ohio State records in both vault (9.90) and high bar (10.0). He was a three-time All-America honoree, placing fifth on high bar at the 1998 NCAA Championships and second on parallel bars and sixth on floor in 1999. He was a member of the U.S. Junior and Senior National teams and was a two-time U.S. national high bar champion.
Avery guided the Buckeyes to one NCAA title and five Big Ten championships, including a program-record three-consecutive conference titles in 2005, ’06 and ’07. Avery produced three NCAA all-around champions, nine NCAA event champions and 22 All-Americans, who owned a combined 64 honors in 13 years at the helm of Ohio State. He was voted USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 2002, ’05 and ’07 and won five Big Ten coaching honors (2001, ’02, ’05, ’06 and ’07). Avery was an assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 1989-1997, earning national assistant coach of the year accolades twice and helping the squad to a 1996 NCAA titles and four conference crowns, along with guiding 10 Ohio State gymnasts to All-America accolades. He has coached beyond the college level, guiding U.S. National Team members since 1986. In 1996, 2000, ’04 and ’08 he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team.
A national search for the permanent head coach, chaired by Lyke, will be conducted following the 2011 season.
The Buckeyes will hold three exhibitions – the Varsity Intrasquad Dec. 5, the Scarlet & Gray Intrasquad Dec. 16 and a third intrasquad meet Jan. 8. – before opening the 2011 campaign at the Windy City Invitational Jan. 15. The team will host home meets Feb. 12 vs. Brockport and March 12 vs. Illinois and Nebraska. Ohio State will host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships April 14-16 in St. John Arena.