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2014 Seawolf Athletics Annual Report
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Paul Stoklos
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
Alma Mater: Arizona, '81
Experience: 30 Years
Phone: 907-786-1229
Email: coach@uaa.alaska.edu
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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 30th season in 2014.

Stoklos has overseen UAA’s transition from Division II to Division I over the past decade, boosting the team’s talent to its highest level ever. The 20 best team scores in program history have all come since 2004, including eight of the top nine marks since 2008.

In 2009, Stoklos’ squad won its first-ever conference title when it captured the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Colorado Springs.

Individually, Stoklos has qualified 13 Seawolf gymnasts to the NCAA West Regional Championships – including M’rcy Matsunami in 2013 – and produced nine MPSF event titlists.

Stoklos’ gymnasts have also produced in the classroom, topping the MPSF All-Academic Team in 2010 with 10 honorees and finishing eighth in the nation last year in overall team GPA at 3.58.

From the program’s inception in 1985 until becoming a full-fledged Division I program in 2004, Stoklos’ program produced three USAG 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 program. At the end of each season, Stoklos and his 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. Topping his 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. He helped bring a fledgling gymnastics program from ground level to a national ranking in just four years. Stoklos 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.

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