After 43 years of teaching and coaching beginning in 1962 at Indiana State University, Margit “Grete” Treiber elected to retire just prior to undergoing hip replacement surgery. She is reported to have attacked her “ . . . recovery with the same tenacity and discipline she exhibited in her teaching and has healed well.”
Coach: She attained the rank of Associate Professor of Physical Education, and taught various gymnastics courses as well as being the Head Women’s Gymnastic Coach, a program she started in 1965. She also coached track and cross- country. One of her former students writes, “… I at first resented her methods and even her personality, but as the weeks passed, my attitude about the class improved dramatically. She showed me exactly how a physical education course should be conducted. I learned so much about not only gymnastics but also teaching in general. It’s been some time since I had her class, but I continue to use the techniques she taught. I have met few people in my life that have inspired me more to excel at my profession teaching economics and history and gymnastics to freshmen.” Treiber led the Sycamore Women’s Gymnastic Team to the AIAW Nationals on several occasions. A noted judge and coach on the international level, she has worked with United States’ teams as a coach, judge, and manager for Olympic (Unconfirmed), and Pan American Games teams. Treiber was also named the Head Coach for the women’s team at the World University Games, Torino, Italy, (1972). Honors: Received Hall of Fame Award from National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges, (1980). Given Life Membership as award for outstanding service to the NAWGJ; Inducted into Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Service: Served as NCAA Representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee and on several USAG committees. Judge: Beginning with a local judging certificate, Greta worked her way through the appropriate course to attain a Brevet judge’s rating. She served in one capacity or another at numerous national and international competitions.
Sources: Telephone interviews with Ms. Treiber plus documents supplied by Grete, HHP News-Winter 2004, , and the Sports Information Dep’t. at Indiana State University. Formatting by Dr. Larry Banner, Web Manager.