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GYMNASTICS Coaching Staff
Paul Stoklos
Head Coach
The 'father' of Seawolf Gymnastics, Paul Stoklos led the University of Alaska Anchorage's program for 33 seasons from 1985-2017, becoming the longest-serving head coach in the athletic department's history.

Under his leadership, UAA rose from an NCAA Div. II independent program to NCAA Div. I status and league membership in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, mentoring 132 letterwinners during his tenure.

Since overseeing UAA's transition to the Division I level in the early 2000s, Stoklos boosted the team's talent to its highest level ever. The 20 best meet totals in program history have all come since 2009, including the team-record 194.125 score in the 2016 regular-season finale.

Stoklos capped his career with three straight historic campaigns from 2015-17, with his athletes accounting for more than 35 program records, including highest overall average, highest beam average and highest single-meet score.

In 2009, Stoklos' squad won its first-ever conference title when it captured the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Colorado Springs, and in 2015 UAA came within fractions of upsetting league power Sacramento State for third place at MPSFs, hosting the meet for the first time.

Stoklos was honored as the MPSF Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2016.

Individually, Stoklos qualified 15 Seawolf gymnasts to NCAA Regionals competition — including three times for recent star M'rcy Matsunami — and produced 11 MPSF event titlists.

Stoklos' gymnasts were also been huge winners in the classroom, topping the MPSF All-Academic Team in 2010 with 10 honorees and finishing eighth in the nation with a 3.58 overall team GPA in 2013. Since their inaugural year of MPSF membership in 2003 until 2017, the Seawolves averaged six all-academic honores per season — well over half the eligible student-athletes.

From the program's inception in 1985 until becoming a full-fledged Division I program in 2004, Stoklos' program produced three national champions, 12 All-Americans and 37 Academic All-Americans at the Division II level.

Prior to coming to UAA, Stoklos served as a coach as an undergraduate and graduate assistant at the University of Arizona for seven years, helping bring a fledgling 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.

Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
Alma Mater: Arizona, '81
Experience: 32 Years
Phone: 907-786-1229