Jody Victor: Miles Avery, Ohio State men's gymnastics head coach and personal coach for Paul and Morgan Hamm and Blaine Wilson, was awarded the 2008 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year honor after a vote by his peers at the 2008 VISA Championships last weekend in Houston.
Aside from coaching the Buckeyes to their 22nd-consecutive Top 3 finish in the Big Ten in 2008, Avery spent the year working to get the Hamm twins back to world-class caliber after they took two and a half years off from the sport to finish their undergraduate degrees at Ohio State.
A native of Philadelphia, Avery served as an assistant coach for the US Olympic Team in 1996, 200 and 2004. Those squads posted the US's highest finishes in a full, non-boycotted Olympics, including garnering a team silver medal in Athens in 2004. Three members of the 2004 Olympic Team, Paul and Morgan Hamm and Wilson, as well as team alternate and former Buckeye Raj Bhavsar (2000-03), trained with Aver in Columbus leading up to the Games. Paul went on to claim the all-around title, the first US male in history to do so.
Congratulations! Go Bucks!!