Head Over Heels Athletic Arts (HOH) is pleased to welcome Barry Weiner, of the University of California, Berkeley men’s gymnastics fame, to its coaching staff. Michael Ashe told his former coach at Cal about his new position as HOH’s boys’ program manager and competitive gymnastics boys’ team head coach. To his surprise and delight Barry decided to come out of retirement to help Michael establish the new competitive boys program at HOH.
During his athletic and coaching career some of Barry’s accomplishments include:
- Was a two-time MVP at Temple University from 1968-1970
- Earned gold medals at the 1968 Maccabiah Games in floor exercise and high bar
- Spent seven years as the star attraction as the high diver and fire diver in an international circus touring in the U.S. as well as Japan and Greece
- Was recruited by the U.S. Junior Olympic Team to join its coaching staff in the late 1970s, coaching 15 Junior National Team members including two Junior National all-around champions
- Left the U.S. Junior Olympic team in 1991 to accept the head coaching position at the University of California, Berkeley
- At the University of California, Berkeley coached the men’s gymnastics team to two NCAA titles, nine Top 5 finishes, and thirteen NCAA individual champions in his 19 seasons as head coach
- The UCB men’s gymnastics team enjoyed perfect seasons under Barry’s watch in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001.
- Was named the National Coach of the Year twice
- Was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year four times
- Was selected as a coach for the 2000 Olympic team
Barry stated in an article in the June 2013 issue of International GYMNAST magazine that upon walking into Head Over Heels he felt “the power of gymnastics” and was pulled back into coaching. Head Over Heels is honored to have Barry impart his gymnastics wisdom on yet another generation of young gymnasts.