Adele Gleaves and Mimi Murray (1970)
- Adele Gleaves and Mimi Murray (1970)
This photograph shows Adele Gleaves, a member of the 1970 USA women’s gymnastics team, demonstrating the eagle catch with spotting provided by Mimi Murray, the USA team’s coach.
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Adele Gleaves was born in 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, and died in 1989 of cancer. Dr. Mimi Murray coached the Springfield College women's gymnastics team from 1968 to 1974. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Springfield College and her doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Under Murray the team went undefeated (37-0). During her first year, Springfield College hosted and won the National Collegiate Women's Championship (Division I, II, and III). They also won five Eastern Regional Championships and three Association for Intercollegiate athletics for Women (AIAW) Division I National Championships. Murray coached the USA Team to the World Games in Moscow and was named USA Women's Gymnastics Coach of the Year by Champion Athletic Co. In 1974, she was named National Gymnastics Coach of the Year. In 1985, Coach Murray was named a pioneer in girls and women's sports in the United States by the Women's Sport Foundation. Her textbook, “Gymnastics for Women: The Spectator, Gymnast, Coach, and Teacher”, is considered an authoritative source in sport. Currently, she serves as the vice president of the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance and vice president of the United States Collegiate Sports Council. Dr. Murray is a former president of both the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. She was a commentator for ABC’s Wide World of Sports and NBC’s Sportsworld. As a sports psychologist, Dr. Murray published many articles and lectured throughout the United States.
Mimi Murray uneven bars- gymnastics