|College:||North Texas '61|
Barbara Galleher Tonry has coached the Yale women's gymnastics team since its inception in 1973 and has made it one of the most successful teams in the history of Yale athletics.
The 1987 NCAA Eastern Region's co-Coach of the Year, Tonry has compiled one of the best records in the country. Her teams have captured 14 Ivy Classic championships since the first league meet in 1977.
Tonry has one of the finest athletic backgrounds of any Yale coach. She is a member of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Hall of Fame, the National Tumbling and Trampoline Hall of Fame and the Texas Hall of Fame. Her all-around gymnastics talents won her a spot on the 1964 U.S. Olympic training squad and earned her All-America honors 10 times.
Tonry has served on numerous gymnastics committees, including the National Association for Intercollegiate Gymnastics and the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Her resume also includes a Texas mixed doubles tennis championship and a Texas AAU 3-meter diving title. In addition, she was twice named a finalist (1954, 1958) for the prestigious Sullivan Award, presented each year to the nation's top amateur athlete.
In 1994, Tonry was presented with the Texas Heritage Award. She and her husband, Don, a former Olympian and NCAA champion gymnast, wrote the Sports Illustrated Guide to Gymnastics. She is a 1961 graduate of North Texas and holds a masters degree from Southern Connecticut.
Jason Vonk joined the Yale gymnastics staff for the 2011-12 academic year. He brings 17 years of coaching experience in Michigan and Colorado.
As a club owner and coach in Colorado Springs, Vonk coached an elite athlete onto the National Training Squad and to U.S. Classic. This experience gave him the opportunity to coach at the National Training Center with the USA Gymnastics National Staff and Women’s National Team Coordinator, Marta Karolyi.
In addition, Vonk coached an all-around champion and vault champion at the Western Championships. He coached 4 TOPS National Team members. He also coached teams to numerous state championship titles.
“I am excited to work at one of the world’s premier universities with some of the brightest student athletes," said Vonk. "We are shooting for a 15th Ivy Title!”