Spring 2017 Issue

A Champion Steps Down

Unparalleled Career

By William & Mary Athletics

William & Mary men’s gymnastics head coach Cliff Gauthier will retire after a 43-year career. During his time at the university, Gauthier received the College Gymnastics Association Honor Coach Award and became an honorary alumnus of William & Mary. Gauthier, a national leader in the sport, achieved 856 career victories, 13 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Team championships and 15 College Gymnastics Association Collegiate Coach of the Year awards. Under Gauthier’s direction, the program has produced two NCAA national champions and two NCAA national runners-up, as well as several other honors. Tribe gymnasts lead the nation with 152 individual All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, eight College Gymnastics Association National Academic Team titles and two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Gauthier “has excelled as a teacher and a coach. Cliff’s legacy is a truly remarkable one that is unlikely to be duplicated,” said William & Mary Athletics Director Terry Driscoll. Gauthier has confidence in his successor, current Assistant Coach Mike Powell: “I envision a seamless transition that will enable me to have a very supportive presence within W&M athletics and men’s gymnastics.”