In the sport of gymnastics Mary Lee Tracy has done it all! Mary Lee, who has been a mainstay on the Elite scene for over 2 decades, has coached TOPs athletes, JO National Champions, Elite National Champions, World Champions and Olympic Champions. However, her greatest joy in life is staying home with her grandbabies. In the sport of gymnastics Mary Lee is an absolute legend! For me she has been one of my greatest role models. As a kid I looked up to her athletes Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps, but as a coach I have always found Mary Lee to be a great mentor an inspiration, implementing many of her training techniques into my own lesson plans. One of the most wonderful things about Mary Lee is her approachability and her willingness to help others. As a graduate student Mary Lee helped me with my thesis paper, immediately responding to my numerous emails and questions, she is very good about getting back to you when you send out an email, this is something that I admire about her. There are so many good things I can say about this wonderful human being, but I will let you get to know her a little better as she prepares her Elites for the next step in the Elite Season, the P&G Championships. CGA will have 2 athletes competing representing not only CGA, but Region 5 as well.
Where are you from? Where did you attend college? Cincinnati / University of Cincinnati
What made you want to become a gymnastics coach? How did you get started in coaching? I was a cheerleader who needed to tumble and that is when I started working at the gym I now own.
What was your favorite meet to coach at? Competing is not my favorite part of coaching but my favorite memories were at JO Nationals being a part of Region 5!
Funniest thing one of your gymnasts has said to you? I don’t know how to use a planner
Favorite Skill to teach? Root skills that lead to “The Big Skills”
What is the hardest part of being a coach? Injuries
What is your favorite Region 5 Gym Insider Feature? The coverage of the personal stories leading up to Nationals.
What do you like to do outside of gymnastics, when you get a day off or are not at the gym? Play with my daughter and grandbabies
What made you decide to open your own facility? An opportunity to take over a gym that was offered to me at 21 yrs old so I took it!
What is on your gymnastics bucket list? Retire with contentment before I am 80!
Favorite quote or words of wisdom: Work Pays Off / The mind is the strongest muscle in the body
Tell me something special or interesting about yourself………… I love training more than competing / I would rather stay home than travel