Craig Holt enters his 14th season as Navy assistant coach. 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."
Holt helped coach Andrew Faulk to his spectacular 2012 season, 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 was named the 2007 NCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year, 2006 and '08 USAG Collegiate Division Assistant Coach of the Year, 2007 and `11 ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year and 2007 CGA Regional Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.
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.
Holt's commitment to the Navy program in and out of the gym was recognized in 2003 as he was named the ECAC Assistant Coach of the Year.
"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.