Southern Connecticut State announced the hiring of four-time USA Gymnastics National Coach of the Year Byron Knox as the Owls’ women’s gymnastics coach.
Knox, a 1982 SCSU graduate, spent the last 16 seasons at the University of Bridgeport. He led the Purple Knights to USA Gymnastics/NCAA Division II national championships from 2009 through 2014, and to 11 straight ECAC championships.
“My mission is to help student-athletes achieve their academic and athletic goals, one individual at a time,” Knox said in a release. “Then, championships will follow. This is a ‘2020-360’ moment for me. Everything has come 360 degrees in 2020. I began my college career at Southern Connecticut over 43 years ago and now I’m coming home. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m excited for the opportunity to get started.”
Knox coached 70 All-Americans and 150 gymnasts who earned scholar-athlete honors.
As a student-athlete at Southern Connecticut, Knox was part of SCSU Hall of Fame coach Abie Grossfeld’s team that won four straight EIGL gymnastics team championships as well as the 1979 NCAA men’s Eastern Region gymnastics championship, following an NCAA national championship bronze-medal finish in 1978. In 1982, Knox was a member of the USA men’s gymnastics national team and also won the all-around and high bar championship at the EIGL conference championship.
REID TO AID MINORITY COACHES WITH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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The United Soccer Coaches Foundation announced the creation of the Ray Reid Family Fund, named after the longtime UConn and former Southern Connecticut State men’s coach who has been an active member of United Soccer Coaches throughout his coaching career.
The fund, which includes an immediate contribution of $25,000 and a $75,000 estate gift, will provide an annual scholarship to a minority coach to attend either a United Soccer Coaches education course or the annual convention. The scholarship will be open to any minority coach at the college level until Reid retires from college coaching, at which time the scholarship will become available to minority coaches at any level of the game.
“Our sport desperately needs more diversity in all of our coaching ranks,” Reid said in a statement. “Hopefully, this donation will help provide more opportunities for minority coaches to attend coaching education courses, furthering their ability to mentor and impact players while growing the game we all love.”
Reid is set to begin his 24th season as the head coach of the UConn men’s soccer team and his 32nd season overall as a college head coach. Reid has a 450-142-76 career record with three Division II national titles while at SCSU and the national championship in 2000.
HIGH MARKS FOR QUINNIPIAC
Quinnipiac was one of 18 schools to receive an “A” grade from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport’s annual Women in College Coaching Report Card.
Quinnipiac had the seventh-highest percentage of all 352 institutions with an overall rate of 75.0%. Of the 18 schools to receive an “A” grade, Quinnipiac had the most female head coaches of women’s teams with nine total.
In terms of all coaches (head and assistant), Quinnipiac also registered the highest percentage in the MAAC with 64.3 percent of the coaching staff of women’s programs being female coaches.
Hartford finished in the top 40 and joined Yale in receiving a “B” grade for the number of female head coaches in charge of female sports.
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