Submitted by Magnificat High School
The Ohio High School Gymnastics Coaches Association has selected Joe Gura, head coach at Magnificat, as its 2012 Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity (SEI) Award recipient.
Gura has been coaching at the high school level for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, Magnificat has won nine state team championships and finished as runner-up six times. He has also coached 59 individual state champions and 41 individual runners-up. He always emphasizes the idea that a gymnast should not let what they cannot do affect what they can do.
“While I have never performed a routine in any of these state meets, I seem to get a lot of the credit,” Gura said. “In reality, I have been blessed throughout my coaching career with young ladies who have a great work ethic and time management skills.”
Gura is also very proud to have had high school gymnasts receive college scholarships. Twenty of his former athletes have competed in NCAA gymnastics.
“I hope that all of my athletes enjoy the journey, and not just the end result,” he said. “A step on the landing or a wobble on the beam should never take away the accomplishments that all these girls have earned.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” he added. “I would like to thank the Magnificat administration, my family, friends and student-athletes for all their support throughout my career. I hope that they all can share this award with me.”