R.I.P. Rusty Mitchell

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rusty Mitchell, who coached men’s gymnastics at The University of New Mexico from 1966-99, passed away over the weekend at the age of 80. …

Mitchell’s Lobos won 11 Western Athletic Conference championships out of a possible 18, and he produced 16 NCAA individual champions and 53 All-Americans. …

He was twice selected as Assistant Coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastic Team, Mexico City, (1968) & Munich, Germany, (1972).  …


We believe Rusty was the first to successfully compete Double Back on Floor in the Olympics. 1964 Tokyo.

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Rick Mc

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

2 thoughts on “R.I.P. Rusty Mitchell”

  1. Although Rusty never spoke a word to me, those he coached have coached me to find who Christ is in my Life. Forever grateful for men like these! I’ll see him again in Glory…


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