Yoshi Hayasaki Named to USA Gymnastics 2014 Hall of Fame Class
April 15, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Illini men's gymnastics head coach Yoshi Hayasaki was named one of the six 2014 inductees for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Monday. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22 during the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hayasaki served as the men's gymnastics head coach at Illinois for 33 seasons, during which he captured an NCAA title and Coach of the Year honors in 1989. His teams won six Big Ten titles (1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2009), and he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times (1988, 1989, 2004, 2009). Hayasaki served as the personal coach for Olympians Dominick Minicucci (1988, 1992) and Charles Lakes (1988). During his time at Illinois, Hayasaki coached 10 individual NCAA champions and 89 All-Americans.
Prior to his coaching career at Illinois, Hayasaki was a gymnast at the University of Washington, where he won back-to-back NCAA all-around titles in 1970 and 1971, and the high bar title in 1970. He was the Amateur Athletic Union all-around champion in 1967 and the U.S. champion in 1968, winning individual titles on still rings, parallel bars, and high bar.
The five other Hall of Fame inductees include 2002 World uneven bars champion and two-time Olympic medalist Courtney Kupets, 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around champion Lisa Wang, and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Blaine Wilson.