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Colin Payne Joins Navy Coaching Staff

Previously coached at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy


2016-17 Navy Athletics Season In Review

Overall Record: 306-185-6 (.622)


Navy Gymnastics Finishes Second at ECAC Championships

Mids end up 2.15 points back of William & Mary; Tang and West with individual titles


Navy Gymnasts Collect Four ECAC Individual Titles on Sunday

Larios wins vault and parallel bars to lead trio of champions


Craig Holt Named Interim Head Coach of Navy Gymnastics

17-year veteran takes reigns after Fukushima's retirement

Craig Holt enters his 189h season with the Navy program. After 16 years as an assistant coach with Dr. Sho Fukushima through 2015, he stayed on staff under the leadership for new head coach Kip Simons. Holt brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sport of gymnastics as both a former athlete and assistant coach.

"Navy is a program built on maximizing individual achievement for the good of the team's success," Holt said. "As a team, our training is intense, consistent and scientific. This model helps us develop a strong base of physical gymnastics skill, mental preparation and a strong character."

The recipient of the 2017 CGA East Regional and ECAC Men's Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year awards, Holt and the Mids had another standout campaign during the 2017 season. Navy qualified for and competed as a team at the NCAA Championship for the second straight year and came away with a program-best 11th place finish to surpass the team from Cal in the standings. Individual highlights from 2017 include five event titles at the ECAC and USAG Championship from a total of four different gymnasts. Academically, nine Mids were honored by the CGA in their scholar-athlete recognition program in 2017.

2016 was a banner year for Holt and the Navy program as the team captured the ECAC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. Navy's ECAC crown was its first since 1989, while a team appearance in the NCAAs had only occured once prior back in 2009. Three Mids advanced from the team qualifying meet to the events finals of the NCAA Championships, Jonny Tang (all-around), Connor Gonzales (rings) and Eric Poletti (rings). In addition to their success at the national meet, Navy accrued 15 All-ECAC honorees at the ECAC Championship. For the team's stellar performance during the season, Holt was recognized as the CGA East Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, as well as the ECAC Men's Gymnastics Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.

During 2013-15 seasons, Holt has helped three athletes qualify for and compete in the NCAA Championships. In April of 2015 at the University of Oklahoma, Jonny Tang was an entrant in the all-around competition, while Mitchell Larios took on the nation's best on the vault. In 2013, Chris Junghans finished 12th overall in the all-around competition and just missed placing in the top 10 by 0.4 points.

Prior to Junghans, Holt helped coach Andrew Faulk to his spectacular 2012 senior campaign, which included a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In 2011, Holt was named ECAC Tri-Assistant Coach of the Year as he helped guide Dylan Parrott and Andrew Faulk to the NCAA Championships.

In 2009, Holt assisted in helping the Midshipmen to a memorable season, as they finished with an impressive 15-4 record and a N-Star victory at Army. In addition, the Mids won their second-straight All-Academy Championship, placed second at the ECAC Championship and advanced as a team to the NCAA Qualifying Meet for the first time in program history.

His efforts in the gym have not gone unrecognized, as he has been named the NCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2007), USAG Collegiate Division Assistant Coach of the Year (2008, 2006), ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year (2017, 2016-Co, 2011, 2007 and 2003) and CGA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year (2017, 2016, 2007-Co).
During the summer of 2005, Holt coached the United States team in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Holt guided the United States to a second-place team finish with gold medal performances in the floor exercise and pommel horse. In addition to his coaching duties, Holt also served as a judge at the Maccabiah Games.

Holt came to the Academy after serving as an assistant coach for one season at William & Mary and two years at his alma mater, Syracuse.

"I would like all of our athletes to leave the Naval Academy knowing that they have the tools to not only meet, but exceed all that is expected of them," he added. "They should have a strong sense of confidence and accomplishment as they begin their careers."

As a gymnast, Holt was an NCAA finalist on the rings in 1994. He is a 1995 graduate of Syracuse, where he earned a degree in physical education. Holt earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from Syracuse in the summer of 2002.
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