Bird, Resnick Named Gymnastics Co-Head Coaches

BOISE, Idaho Boise State University Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier announced the promotion of Tina Bird and Neil Resnick from assistant coaches to co-head coaches of the Bronco gymnastics team, Tuesday.

The Broncos’ previous head coach, Sam Sandmire, retired after 20 seasons with the program. During her tenure, Boise State won five conference championships and made 19 consecutive appearances at the NCAA Regional Championships.

“I am pleased that we have two qualified, experienced assistant coaches on staff who are ready to assume co-head coaching responsibilities at Boise State University,” Bleymaier said. “We feel this arrangement best serves the program and our student-athletes.”

Bird has been with the Broncos for the past 22 years. Following a four-year varsity career with the Bronco gymnastics team from 1986-89, she served as an assistant coach for 18 seasons under Sandmire.

"We, as coaches, are extremely excited for the future of Boise State gymnastics,” Bird said. “Sam Sandmire built a program to be proud of and we want to add to that.”

A 1990 graduate of Boise State, Bird coached the Bronco Elite Gymnastics Academy from 1996-2005 and is currently the program director for Bronco Gymnastics Express. Bird was the site coordinator for both the Special Olympics Summer Gymnastics Games in 1991 and the Youth Education through Sports (YES) clinic in 2000 when Boise State hosted the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

Resnick joined the Bronco ranks this past season as an assistant coach under Sandmire. Prior to coming to Boise State, he was the owner, director and head coach of Flips USA Gymnastics in Sparks, Nev. While with Flips USA, Resnick coached numerous international, national, regional, and State champions. He has also previously served as both an auxiliary and full time member of the USA Gymnastics national coaching staff, training and consulting the nation’s top gymnasts.

“I am honored to have been named the co-head coach of such a respected and successful NCAA gymnastics program,” Resnick said. “I look forward to continuing Sam Sandmire’s winning ways while opening a new and exciting era of Boise State gymnastics.”

The duo’s first recruiting class has already been making noise before joining the team this next fall. Amy Glass won the 2007 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championship on floor, finished fourth on vault and ninth in the all-around. At the same meet, Hannah Redmon finished third on bars and ninth on floor. Another top recruit, Kelsey Lang, led Team Alberta to a second place finish at the Canadian National Championships. She finished eighth in the all-around and third on vault individually.

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