ANNAPOLIS, MD. – The head coach Kip Simons and the Navy Men’s Gymnastics Program is proud to announce that Mike Reid, two-time NCAA champion and contender for multiple international championships, is joining the program as an assistant coach. Reid comes to Annapolis after a decorated college career in Oklahoma, while still competing internationally with the Jamaican National Team. Most recently, he coached at Texas Dreams Academy in Coppell, Texas.
“We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Navy Men’s Gymnastics family,” said head coach Kip Simons. “Mike has a proven track record as one of the best development coaches in the country and will be a tremendous asset to the overall development of our athletes. As a current international competitor, Mike understands the technique and commitment required of an athlete. elite level and will inspire our team to achieve those same standards. “
“I would like to warmly thank Kip and the administration for this opportunity,” said Reid. “I am both honored and proud to be in such a position that I work daily with the future leaders of our country.
“The majority of what we do in gymnastics is technical, but the results of those efforts depend on individual character and team culture. Navy Gymnastics, and all midshipmen, embody a successful team culture. gym, and in the lobby. Kip Simons at the helm and alongside Craig holt, I’m excited to see what we can do with this talented group of skilled and hardworking aspirants. ”
A peerless technician on pommel horse, Reid broke onto the national stage at the University of Oklahoma, earning All-America nominations in 2013 and 2014 before ending his college career with an NCAA individual championship on horseback. pommel horse in 2015. was only the third OU gymnast to win a national pommel horse title. He ended his career at Norman with five of the seven best pommel horse scores in the history of the program. In addition, Reid competed on parallel bars with great success. As a program, the Sooners finished second at the NCAA Championships in Reid’s first three seasons before reaching the top and winning the tag team title in 2015.
Since graduating from Oklahoma in 2015, he has tested himself in international competitions as a member of the Jamaican National Team, while also breaking into the amateur coaching arena. Reid competed with the Jamaican national team at the 2019 World Championships and most recently the 2021 Central American Championships. At that championship in El Salvador earlier in November, Reid won gold on pommel horse and bars parallels.
Reid’s amateur coaching career has seen him make saves at three of the Midwest’s top academies. His first coaching assignment was with the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, as he was an assistant from 2013 to June 2016. Reid then pushed his talents south by becoming the head coach of the Southlake Gymnastics Academy. in Southlake, Texas. While at Southlake, he guided the program to new heights as they broke the program record for National Junior Qualifiers and helped two gymnasts reach the US National Championships. In 2018, Reid helped Morgan Seyler receive an NCAA scholarship to compete in Oklahoma. In June 2019, Reid accepted a position at Texas Dreams Academy and was mentored at the gymnasium in Coppell, Texas by Japanese Olympian Nori Iwai. At Texas Dreams, he coached Alan Camillus, who received a scholarship from Oklahoma.
Reid received a bachelor’s degree in health and society with a minor in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in December 2015.
Reid joins a Navy program that has established itself as a national top 10 contender every year since head coach Kip Simons took over before the 2016 season. With Simons at the helm, the Mids have qualified and competed in the NCAA Championships every year the National Championship has been held and placed in the top 10 at the 2019 Championship. Regionally, the Navy has won four CEAC championships and holds a 4-1 rating on the Army Service Academy in Star Meet competitions, including three consecutive victories. The Mids wrapped up their 2021 season at the NCAA Championships and placed 11th overall thanks to six people qualifying for the event’s finals. The Navy is expected to begin its 2022 campaign in January.