Barbara Galleher Tonry has coached the Yale women's gymnastics team since its inception in 1973 and has made it one of the most successful teams in the history of Yale athletics.
The 1987 NCAA Eastern Region's co-Coach of the Year, Tonry has compiled one of the best records in the country. Her teams have captured 15 Ivy Classic championships since the first league meet in 1977. In 2017, she led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship title, winning the ECAC Coach of the Year in the process. In 2018, she led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship titles as well as her 15th Ivy Classic Titles. 45 school records were broken in the 2018 season and she was named USAG Collegiate National Head Coach of the Year Award.
Tonry has one of the finest athletic backgrounds of any Yale coach. She is a member of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Hall of Fame, the National Tumbling and Trampoline Hall of Fame and the Texas Hall of Fame. Her all-around gymnastics talents won her a spot on the 1964 U.S. Olympic training squad and earned her All-America honors 10 times.
Tonry has served on numerous gymnastics committees, including the National Association for Intercollegiate Gymnastics and the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Her resume also includes a Texas mixed doubles tennis championship and a Texas AAU 3-meter diving title. In addition, she was twice named a finalist (1954, 1958) for the prestigious Sullivan Award, presented each year to the nation's top amateur athlete.
In 1994, Tonry was presented with the Texas Heritage Award. She and her husband, Don, a former Olympian and NCAA champion gymnast, wrote the Sports Illustrated Guide to Gymnastics. She is a 1961 graduate of North Texas and holds a masters degree from Southern Connecticut.