October 25, 2005

Head Coach Barbara Tonry

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, she has compiled one of the best records in the country, winning 191 of 262 dual competitions and 65 of 71 Ivy League dual meets. Her teams have also captured 14 Ivy championships, including three of the last five, 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. She has served on numerous gymnastics committees, including the National Association for Intercollegiate Gymnastics, and was recently named to 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, she 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 graduate of North Texas and holds a masters degree from Southern Connecticut.

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