Coleman Named to UW Gymnastics Staff

Sept. 27, 2002

Seattle - Washington gymnastics coach Bob Levesque announced that Heidi Coleman has been named to the Husky staff as an assistant coach. Coleman replaces Danna Durante, who resigned in July to accept a position as an assistant coach at Nebraska.

Since November of 1999 Coleman has worked as the artistic director and assistant head coach for the Abbotsford Twisters Gymnastics Club in British Columbia. She oversaw the program's balance beam, vault, artistic preparation and choreography for the club. One of Coleman's gymnasts was Carly Dockendorf, who will be a sophomore at Washington this season.

Prior to working with the Abbotsford Twisters, Coleman was the competitive coach for the Surrey Gymnastics Society in British Columbia from 1998-1999. She was the competitive coach at Omega Gymnastics from 1996-1997, oversaw the Flicka Gymnastics Club from 1988 to 1992 and coached at Sport Seneca from 1984-1986.

'Heidi brings a great background as a top club coach from Canada,' said Husky coach Bob Levesque. 'We are very fortunate to have someone with her background and choreography skills join our program. I think she will be a difference maker with some of our gymnasts and their routines.'

In June Coleman was named the High Performance Coach of the Year for Canadian Gymnastics. The award is presented to the coach of the highest achieving international athlete that year. She was honored for the accomplishments for Kate Richardson, a Canadian Olympian and the 2002 Commonwealth all-around and balance beam champion. Richardson is a freshman at UCLA this year.

Coleman was named a British Columbia Team Coach to the Canadian National Championships in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2002. She was named a British Columbia Team Coach to the Western Canadian Championships in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Coleman is qualified to instruct Level 1, 2 and 3 gymnastics in Canada and is currently completing her Level 4 coaching certification, which is the highest level achievable.

As an undergraduate student at Seneca College, she was named the school's student of the year in 1986. She completed her bachelor of physical education from the University of British Columbia in 1992.

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