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The only gymnastics coach the University of Alaska Anchorage
has ever known, Paul Stoklos keeps taking the Seawolves to new heights as he
embarks on his
26th season in 2010.
Over the past seven seasons, Stoklos
has overseen UAA's transition from Division II to Division I, and boosted the team's talent to its highest level ever.
From the program's inception in 1985 until becoming a full-fledged Division I program in the mid-2000s, Stoklos'
program produced three national champions, 12 All-Americans and 37 Academic All-Americans at the Division II level.
Success in recent seasons has come from a continued refinement of the UAA
At the end of each season, Stoklos
squad make adjustments to the training process which allows them to improve both in the gym and in the classroom.
Team performance is important to Stoklos
, who wants his
gymnasts to think of their routines in terms of an overall team effort.
list of student-athlete priorities, however, is academics, evidenced by the fact that his
team consistently produces All-American Scholar certificates.
Prior to coming to UAA, Stoklos served as a coach as an undergraduate and graduate assistant at the University of Arizona for seven years.
helped bring a fledgling gymnastics program from ground level to a national ranking in just four years.
was an excellent athlete in his
own right, earning varsity letters in football, track and gymnastics in high school.
He was a competitive skydiver at Arizona where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1981.
An avid and experienced downhill and cross-country skier, Stoklos is a member of the Mt. Alyeska Ski Patrol during the winter months.
He enjoys hiking, fishing, scuba diving, skydiving and is a rated private airplane pilot.
Stoklos is also a longtime member of the Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs.