Biography: DARST, Delene J.

DARST, Delene J.

Inducted: 1985 Born: February 19, 1940, Atlanta, Georgia. 

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As a teacher, coach, judge, and administrator, Delene has devoted a lifetime of service to the advancement of the sport of gymnastics. Education: B. S. Springfield College, (1962), M. A. Michigan State University, (1968). Coaching/Teaching: Minnechaug Regional High, Wilbraham, MA (1962-’63); Framingham North High, Framingham, Ma (1963-66); Henry W. Grady High, Atlanta, GA, (1966-67); Graduate Assistant, Michigan State U., (1967-68); Georgia College, Assistant Professor Health, Physical Education, & Recreation, (1968-71); Other – M.E. Lyons YMCA, Cincinnati, OH, (1973-74), Queen City Gymnastics Center, (1975-80); Atlanta School of Gymnastics, Advanced Team Coach, (1990-96); U. of Georgia, Assistant Coach, (1990-92); Owner, Director & President, Queen City Gym Center, (1975-79); Technical Advisor to The Athletic Institute, Women’s Gymnastics Compulsory Films: 1970, ‘74, ‘79, and ’84; USGF Women’s Program Administrator, (1985-89). Professional Organizations: National Association of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, (1962-98); United States Gymnastics Federation, Professional Member, (1970Present); National Association of Women’s Gymnastic JudgesLifetime. Gymnastic Teaching: Master Teacher, New England Gymnastic Clinic, 10 years; Director, Women’s Program Western National Gymnastics Clinic, 3 years; National Summer Gymnastic Clinic, Michigan State University, 6 years; Caravan of Camps, (Texas and New Mexico), 3 years. Gymnastic Judging/Coaching Courses: University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Alabama, University of Florida, Stephen F. Austin University, Northeast Illinois State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia.  Gymnastic Judges Training: USGF National Judges Training Committee, FIG Continental Judges’ Course, Toronto, Canada, (1977); Mt. Herman, MA, (1980); Fort Worth, TX, (1985); New Jersey, (1989); FIG International Brevet Judges’ Course, Johannesburg, South Africa, (1989).  Participation: Second National Institute on Girl’s & Women’s Sports, (1966); Fifth National Institute on Girl’s & Women’s Sports, (1969); USGF Delegate to FIG Congress, Women’s Technical Assembly: Rome, Italy, (1977), Strausburg, France, (1978), Ft. Worth, Texas, (1979), Moscow, USSR, (1981), Strausburg, France, (1983), Los Angeles, California, (1984),  Montreal, Canada, (1985), Rome, Italy, (1986), & Rotterdam, Holland, (1987). USGF Representative Intercontinental Judging Course: Madrid, Sprain, (1971), Thono les Bains, France, (1975), Moscow, USSR, (1980), Filzbach, Switzerland, (1984), & Frankfurt, Germany, (1988); USGF Representative FIG 100 Year Anniversary: Montreaux, Switzerland), (1981); Olympic Seminar, Springfield College. Gymnastic Official: National USGF Championships, (1967-92), National AAU Championships, (1965-70), National Association Girl’s & Women’s Sports Championships, 10 years; Final Pan-American Trials, 1967, ‘71, ‘76, ‘79, ‘83, & ’87; Final Olympic Trials, 1976, ‘80, ‘84, & 88; World University Games Turin, Italy; (1970), Birmingham, England, (1987); FIG World Gymnastics Championships, Varna, Bulgaria, (1974), Strausburg, France, (1978), Moscow, USSR, 1981, Budapest, Hungary, (1983), & Montreal, Canada, (1985); South African Games, Prestoria, South Africa, (1973); Moscow Invitational, Moscow, USSR, (1975); World Cup, Oviedo, Spain, (1978); Technical Director for Women, World Championships, (Ft. Worth, TX), 1979; American Cup, (1979-88); Chunichi Cup, Japan, (1980); Germany TourUSA Olympic Team, (1980); USA vs. USSR, Gainesville, Florida, (1982); USA vs. Canada, Huntington Beach, California, (1984); Technical Director for Women, Olympic Games, Los Angeles, CA, (1984); Pacific Championships, Australia, (1982), USA, (1984); Technical Director, American Cup Mixed-Pairs, (1984-’88); Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea, (1988). Positions : Regional Technical Director, USGF, Region 86 years, Region 5-4 years; Joint NAGWS-USGF Certification Committee, Chairman Compulsory Committee 8 yrs, (1972-‘80); Olympic Compulsory Exercise Committee of the USGFNAGWS Gymnastics Guide Committee, Editor, (1976-’78), NAGWS Examination & Ratings Committee for Gymnastics; USGF Women’s Technical Committee, Vice-Chair, 3 years; Chair, (1976-’84), United States Olympic Gymnastics Committee, (1970-’76); USGF Foreign Relations Committee for Women, (1977-’80), USGF Women’s International Program Committee, (1980-’84), National Coaching Staff for World Championship Team, (1981, ‘83, & ’87); National Coaching Staff for Olympic Games, (1984 & ’88), Assistant Director, Director, USGF Elite Judges Course, Los Angeles, (1985); US Collegiate Sports Council Gymnastic Committee, Chairman for Women, (1969-’71); USGF Board of Directors, NAHPE&R Representative, (1972-‘7); Chairperson, NAGWS/USGF Joint Certification Committee, (1977-’84); President, Judges’ Certification, Inc., (1984 & 2004); Technical Coordinator Pacific Alliance of Gymnastics Federations, (1987-’89), Board of Directors, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, (1999- Present).  Honors: Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, (1962); Service Award, The Athletic Institute, (1971), Outstanding Young Women of America, (1975), President’s Commission on Olympic Sports “Gymnastic Sport Committee”, (1976), Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Gymnastics, MA Gymnastic Congress, (1982), NAWGJ “Judge of the Year”, (1982), USGF Service Award, (1983), Springfield College 100 Year Anniversary “Celebrating Outstanding Women”, (1984); Who’ Who in American Gymnastics, (1985); Helms Gymnastics “Hall of Fame”, (1987); Springfield College Sports Hall of Fame, (1992).  Family: m. to Giles C. Darst, (1968). Two children.

Sources: Darst’s personal resume and interviews with Darst. Introduction, commentary, and formatting by Larry Banner, Web Manager.

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