Josh Nilson, who has 10 years of coaching experience, including eight years at Utah State, is in his third season as an assistant under head coach Nadalie Walsh. He will be working primarily with the bars team this year.
During the 2015 campaign, Nilson’s vault team recorded the best season average in school history with a 48.938. The old school record of 48.904 was set by the Aggies in the previous season.
Utah State’s success on vault in 2015 was aided by recording three of the top 10 vault scores in program history. The Aggies were led on vault by junior McKinzey Martinez, who averaged a 9.802, which ranks as the fourth-best mark in school history.
Nilson also coached Miranda Kerr, who earned second-team Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference honors in 2015 after tying for fourth with a 9.850 on vault at the conference championships. Kerr had an RQS of 9.835 to rank 20th in the North Central Region. She also tied for 20th with a 9.825 at the NCAA Regional Championships in Berkeley, Calif.
Nilson helped guide Utah State to its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Championships as the Aggies placed fifth and finished ahead of in-state rival BYU for the fourth time during the season.
Under Nilson, Utah State also recorded two of the top four scores in school history in 2015. In a home meet against BYU on March 13, the Aggies posted a 196.350, which ranks as the third-best score in program history. Two days later, Utah State put up a 196.325 at Sacramento State, which ranks fourth on the all-time list.
Following the 2015 campaign, Nilson, along with fellow Utah State assistant coach Andi Dolinsky-Webb, earned North Central Region Assistant Coaches of the Year honors for the second straight year.
“In regards to Andi and Josh, I am so glad that the gymnastics community can take a look at the new and improved Utah State gymnastics program and send some credit and recognition their way,” Walsh said. “I am very fortunate to have such a united staff that goes out of their way for each student-athlete, as well as for the program. They are great at what they do, have kind hearts, are hard-working and have the utmost integrity. I couldn’t ask for anything more in my assistant coaches.”
During the 2014 season, Nilson coached Utah State to five of the top 10 vault scores in program history, including a 49.275 in a quad meet at UC Davis that ranks second on the list. The Aggies also recorded the best vault average in school history with a 48.904.
Nilson also helped guide Utah State to its best start since 1999 and its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2007. The Aggies finished in first place in four of their first five meets of the season, including winning the first three, and set a season-high score of a 196.075 at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships, which was the fifth-highest score in school history and their highest since 2003. During the season, USU reached the 196-point mark in three consecutive meets.
From 2012-2013, Nilson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Woman’s University. During his time with there, Nilson was named the 2012 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Assistant Coach of the Year and Midwest Independent Conference Assistant Coach of the Year after coaching the Pioneers’ bars team to a 48.440 season average. On an individual level, he coached one student-athlete to the 2012 USAG Collegiate national title on bars.
Prior to his time at Texas Woman’s, Nilson spent six years as a part of the Utah State coaching staff. He was an assistant coach from 2009-11 under Jeff Richards and a student-assistant under Ray Corn from 2006-08. Additionally, he coached at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club and the Tytans gymnastics program for three years.
Nilson is married to the former Amanda Corn, who is the daughter of former head coach Ray Corn. The couple has four sons, Tristan (7), Ezekiel (4), Remington (2) and Liam (6 months).
Nilson, who is a native of Cache Valley, graduated from Utah State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in law and constitutional studies with a minor in family science.
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