Over the weekend, Yoshi Hayasaki, was inducted into the Class of 2014 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as both an athlete and coach.
One of the most decorated and respected coaches in the history of NCAA gymnastics, Yoshi Hayasaki is a former two-time NCAA all-around champion and U.S. national champion as a competitor.
Now the owner and director of Hayasaki Gymnastics Center, he served as Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach at the University of Illinois from 1974 to 2009. He also served as an director of Men’s and women’s program at the University of Illinois.
During his 35-year tenure at Illinois, Hayasaki led his teams to six Big Ten Championships and won NCAA national championship in 1989. He coached over 90 All Americans, 50 Big Ten champions, 12 national champions, and produced 3 Olympians.
He is a two time NCAA all around Champion and a former USA and AAU All Around Champion. He has earned over 20 individual national and international titles.