Recognized During USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Celebration
Hall of Fame Yale gymnastics coach Barbara Tonry was honored over the weekend during the P&G Gymnastic Championships at the XL Center in Hartford. Tonry, who was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1986, was acknowledged as part of organization's 50th anniversary celebration.
Tonry was joined by fellow Hall of Famers and the entire 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team, including the women's "Fierce Five."
The P&G Championships featured the country's top gymnasts, who were vying for national titles and berths on the U.S. National Team.
Tonry has coached the Yale gymnastics team since its inception in 1973. 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 is also a member of 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 master's degree from Southern Connecticut.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity