Josh Nilson begins his second season as Utah State gymnastics assistant coach working primarily with the Aggie vaulters.
During the 2014 season, Nilson coached Utah State to five of the top 10 vault scores in program history, including the second-best vault score in school history with a 49.275 in a quad meet at UC Davis. USU also recorded the best vault average in school history during the 2014 season (48.904).
Nilson also helped guide the Aggies to the best start since 1999 and their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2007. He also helped USU 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 its highest since 2003. Throughout the course of the season, USU reached the 196-point mark in three consecutive meets.
After a strong 2014 season, the North Central Region named Nilson one of the Assistant Coaches of the Year along with USU assistant coach Andi Dolinsky.
"I consider this award recognition for the entire staff's efforts and successes this season," Nilson said. "It is remarkable what can be accomplished when the staff and team pull together and buy into a program. Without Nadalie's leadership this year, our success would not have been possible. I can't say enough about her and the way she leads this program. I share this recognition with her, the rest of the staff and the ladies on the team."
Prior to being back at Utah State, Nilson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Woman's University. In his time with the Pioneers, Nilson was named the 2012 USA Gymnastics and Midwest Independent Conference Assistant Coach of the Year after coaching the Pioneers' uneven 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.
No stranger to the Utah State gymnastics program, Nilson spent six years as a part of the Aggie staff before moving to Texas. He spent the 2011 season as a full-time assistant after being a part-time and student assistant for the 2006-10 seasons. Additionally, he coached at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club and the Tytans gymnastics program for three years, while helping to found Altius Gymnastics Academy.
Nilson is married to the former Amanda Corn, the daughter of long-time Aggie coach Ray Corn. The couple has three sons, Tristan (6), Ezekiel (3) and Remington (1).
Nilson graduated from Utah State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in law and constitutional studies with a minor in family science.