Yee Added As Men's Gym Assistant
NORMAN— Head men’s gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced Friday the addition of former Sooner gymnast Josh Yee as
“I’m excited to complete our staff with Josh Yee coming in,” Williams said. “He’s another returning student-athlete, All-American and member of three national championship teams. He has a unique background being from Hawaii where there isn’t as much gymnastics support as guys on the mainland have, in terms of competition. He made up for that with his hard work ethic as an athlete and I expect the same from him as an assistant coach.”
The Mililani, Hawaii, native brings a wealth of gymnastics experience and success to the Sooners’ staff. Yee, a 2017 graduate of Oklahoma, returns to Norman after serving as a club coach in Orlando for the Orlando Gymnastics Club for one year. Yee won three national titles as a student-athlete with the Sooners from 2015-2017, was part of four MPSF conference championship teams and was an All-American on vault in 2015.
“It feels good. This is home. I missed being in it (collegiate gymnastics),” Yee says. “Even when I was out of gymnastics, I was talking to Mark every day and seeing how things were going, so it’s good to be back and more involved and in the gym with all the guys that I won championships with. It’s good to be back.”
The addition of Yee completes Williams’ staff for the upcoming season. Announced in late July was the hire of Olympian and seven-time NCAA All-American for Oklahoma, Chris Brooks. Yee and Brooks will be taking the assistant coaching spots from fellow former Sooners Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons and Steven Legendre.
Abdullah-Simmons, an assistant on Williams’ staff for the past three seasons, was recently selected as the coach for the 2018 Senior Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru, Sept. 14-16, where he will be coaching three current or former Sooners competing on the U.S. team in Lima. Following the games, Abdullah-Simmons will be moving with his wife to her home country of Australia to be the Senior Technical Lead at Gymnastics Victoria. He leaves Oklahoma never having lost a meet as an assistant coach and winning three consecutive Assistant Coach of the Year honors.