Yale coach Barbara Tonry

Tonry has led Yale’s women’s gymnastics team since its inception in 1973, capturing 16 Ivy League championships after fighting for the team’s varsity status and clashing with the athletic department in the 1970s.

With no competitions for the Bulldogs this year, Tonry reflected on her beginnings with Yale gymnastics and the nearly half-century since. …

“I think what makes Barb so successful is her confidence and her belief in everything about her program,” current Yale gymnastics captain Charlotte Cooperman ’21 said.

“She was an extremely successful athlete and brings the same mentality into her role as a coach. She believes in her gymnasts and gets her gymnasts to understand their own abilities as a team.” …

Barbara Tonry reflects on 48 years at helm
Don and Barbara Tonry

Husband Don Tonry died in 2013.

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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