Mary Lee Tracy

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Mary Lee Tracy
Other names MLT[1]
Education Colerain High School
Occupation Gymnastics coach
Years active 1989-present
Employer Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy
USA Gymnastics

Mary Lee Tracy is an American gymnastics coach and owner of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, an elite program in Fairfield, Ohio.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tracy was born in Cincinnati, and has lived in Ohio all her life. Tracy attended Colerain High School and was a 1977 graduate.[3] After graduating high school, Tracy joined the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleading squad for NFL team, Cincinnati Bengals.[4] She purchased Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in 1983.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Tracy started Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in 1988 and has since created over 25 National team members and 4 Olympians. In the past, she has coached Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, Kim Zmeskal, Alyssa Beckerman, Dominique Moceanu, Ashley Priess and more recently, Kayla Williams, Amelia Hundley, Lexie Priessman, Amanda Jetter, Brianna Brown and Emily Gaskins.[6]

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy currently has three elite gymnasts;[7] Amelia Hundley, Aria Brusch and Abigail Matthews. In recent years, many gymnasts have decided to leave CGA and Tracy's tutelage due to Tracy's often harsh and dictatorial approach to co-ordinating her program.

In 2014, Lexie Priessman, the program's former top elite gymnast, decided to leave the gym, expressing that she needed a 'change'.[8][9] Previously, in 2013, an incident occurred with former CGA elite gymnast Alexis Beucler when Tracy created a petition to force her to drop down to Level 10, causing Beucler to later move to Florida and train with Brandy Johnson.[10] Despite her reputation, she is regarded as one of the best gymnastics coaches in the United States.

Tracy is also a USA Gymnastics Coaches Representative for the Women's International Elite committee and attends the committee meetings.