West Point, N.Y. - April 21, 2017 - Springfield College men's gymnastics coach Steve Posner received the Richard M. Aronson Special Service Award at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships banquet last evening. The award is given yearly by the College Gymnastics Association, as voted upon by the coaches, and presented to someone "who has made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the sport of gymnastics over a period of time."
Aronson, who is a 1958 Springfield College graduate and Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, has coached, judged, and represented the United States internationally, and was at the banquet to present the award to Posner. The first Special Service Award was presented in 1967 by Special Service Award Chairman Lyle Welser. The award is for a person the membership feels has contributed significantly to the CGA.
Under Posner's direction the last 35 years, the Springfield College men's gymnastics program has had had a great deal of success, producing 171 All-America honors and 23 National Champions. From a team perspective, Springfield College won three-consecutive USA Collegiate Gymnstics (USAG) Championship from 1991-1993, while Posner himself was selected as the USAG and National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Division II-III Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993, and earned NCAA Eastern Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Additionally, Posner Received the prestigious CGA Coaches Honor Award for his 25 years of meritorious service to the sport of gymnastics and earned NACGC East Region Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, before garnering Coach of the Year honors at the ECAC-EIGL Championships in 2012.