Brockport's "Father" of Gymnastics Head Coach John Feeney to Retire After 22 Years Two-time National Champion | Nine-time Regional Champion | 130 All-Americans

“It’s tough to walk away from the sport after 51 years. I’m going to miss it. I’m one of the few people in the world that can actually say I love coming to work every day. I love teaching and I love coaching.” - Brockport Gymnastics Head Coach John Feeney
Coach Feeney has guided Brockport to 15 Top Four National finishes since 2004.

Brockport Gymnastics Head Coach and Lecturer John Feeney will retire this summer after spending the last 22 years in the classroom and at the helm of the gymnastics program.

He will retire as a two-time NCGA National Champion and a nine-time Regional Champion. He posted 212 career dual meet victories.

He was named the NCGA National Coach of the Year three-times (2004, 2010, 2012) and he coached five individual All-Around National Champions - Carrie Santore (2004), Sarah Bulka (2005 & 2006), Elizabeth Levy (2012) and Candis Kowalik (2019).

“One big thing I can say is that my door was always open for my team. I’m grateful for these kids. When I think about all of our accomplishments, I would have to say I’m most proud of the e-mails and phone calls I get to this day from our former student-athletes. They say thank you. They tell me how Brockport and the gymnastics program helped to make them into the person they are today. I’m so proud to have played a role in helping our student-athletes grow.” - Head Coach John Feeney
Coach Feeney has played an integral role in the development of one of the top gymnastics facilities in the entire country.

He also coached three individual balance beam National Champions - Stephanie Schuler (2013) and Candis Kowalik (2016 & 2017).

During his tenure he coached four individual floor exercise National Champions - Jordan Christiano (2003), Carrie Santore (2004), Lauren Gildemeyer (2008) and Taylor Wierzba (2012).

Former Brockport student-athletes Carrie Santore and Sarah Bulka were inducted in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Hall of Fame.

Sarah Bulka is one of just two student-athletes in the history of Division III to win back-to-back all around titles.

He was a six-time ECAC Champion (2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and a three-time NorthEast Regional Champion (2016, 2017, 2019).

Coach Feeney has helped to produce a staggering 130 All-Americans over the course of his 22 seasons as the head coach.

Under his guidance he had three student-athletes named the Outstanding Senior at the NCGA National Meet - Carrie Santore (2004), Sarah Bulka (2007) and Kaitlin Dewey (2011).

Carrie Santore was the first Division III student-athlete to make an appearance in the NCAA Division I Gymnastics Finals.

"Coach Feeney was not only a coach but a great leader, mentor, and friend. He dedicated himself to his team and encouraged all of us to be the best we could be both inside and outside of the gym. He was available and willing to help at anytime and has continued to make every effort to stay in touch and support us even after graduation." - Former Brockport gymnast Lauren (Gildemeyer) LaVine
"Coach Feeney has taught all of his athletes not only gymnastics, but life long lessons. It has always been about more than just gymnastics. Coach Feeney is the reason Brockport gymnastics has been so successful. He instilled confidence in every gymnast and truly wanted us to do our best in everything that we did." - Brockport Gymnast Jamie Sklenar
Three-time National Coach of the Year John Feeney will retire this Summer after 22 seasons as Brockport's Head Coach

Feeney has coached 130 All-American's

32 All-American's in the Vault

23 All-American's on the Bars

26 All-American's on the Beam

34 All-American's in the Floor Exercise

15 All-Around All-Americans

“We’re definitely going to miss Coach Feeney. His leadership over the course of the last 22 years has helped bring our gymnastics program to national prominence. He has helped shape the lives of countless students at Brockport and we will be forever indebted to Coach Feeney for his contributions to our campus community.” - Brockport Athletic Director Erick Hart
"Feeney is the rock of Brockport Gymnastics. He has a special gift for being a coach, and he sees greatness in every one of his athletes, even if they do not see it in themselves. We were all so sad to hear of his retirement, but we understand that there is no one more deserving of time to relax. Feeney, and the energy and passion he brings to the gym, is going to be missed so much by our team." - Brockport Gymnast Emmie White
"I consider Coach Feeney as a second father and the reason I continued my career as a competitive gymnast while I attended SUNY Brockport. His dedication to his athletes is a testament to his commitment and passion for the sport of gymnastics, truly cementing his legacy in Division III athletics." - Former Brockport gymnast Carrie Santore
Feeney Has Coached 130 All-American's in his 22 seasons as the Brockport Head Coach
“John Feeney has been a tremendous asset to the preparation of future physical education teachers through his teaching, story-telling, and dedication to the discipline. A physical education teacher by trade, he knows the ins and outs of how to get the best out of his students and athletes and help them accomplishment things they never thought possible. We will miss John, his jokes, his stories, but most of all his everyday presence in our lives. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.” - Dr. Cathy Houston-Wilson, Chairperson, KSSPE
"Coach Feeney is special in so many ways, ranging from singularly terrible jokes to his passion for and dedication to the sport of gymnastics. He gave his heart and soul to Brockport and this program. There is no way to replace him, but he certainly has earned his retirement. Coach leaves us as the defending Division III national champion. A fitting ending to an incredible career." - Assistant Athletic Director Dani Drews

Feeney led the 2011-2012 team to the pinnacle of success, winning the 2012 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championship for the first time in program history.

Feeney was awarded the NCGA Coach of the Year for guiding the Golden Eagles to their first ever national championship. The 2012 team reached a No. 1 national ranking and the overall best score in school history with a 190.800. The Golden Eagles were participating in the national championship for the 10th consecutive season.

At the 2012 National Championships, Feeney coached two individual national champions in Taylor Wierzba on the Floor Exercise and Elizabeth Levy in the All-Around event. Feeney guided 11 gymnasts to All-American awards at the championships along with three All-American Academic team members.

Feeney has guided Brockport to 14 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record in dual meets

Feeney also touched the lives of countless students as a lecturer in Brockport's KSSPE Department. His areas of teaching speciality included Strength & Conditioning, Coaching and Gymnastics.

A 1976 Brockport graduate, Feeney has a vast background coaching gymnastics at the club and high school levels. From 1983 to 1990, he was the girls’ coach for the Greece Central School District. He also spent three years as head gymnastics coach at Hilton High School.

Among his many achievements were coaching the Monroe County Gymnast of the Year and Section V all-around champion in 1998, and several Monroe County Tournament individual champions through the years.

From 1988 to 1993, and then again from 1998 to 1999, Feeney served as the Chair of the Monroe County High School Gymnastics League and from 1990 through 1998, was the Section V Gymnastics Team Coach for the NYS Public High School Athletic League State Meet.

He also coached three Monroe County Tournament team champions while at Greece (1987, 1988) and Hilton (1997) and five Monroe County League champions (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1997). While the head coach and program coordinator for Northwest YMCA gymnastics (1988-99), he coached gymnasts in the Levels 4-6 and Optional Levels 7-10 and had several local, state, regional, and national champions.

"The Father of Brockport gymnastics, such a fitting title for Coach Feeney. John has given not only his heart, but his body to the sport he has loved. The student-athletes John has recruited to Brockport are not only accomplished gymnasts but also outstanding students. Coach has encouraged his team to be engage within the Brockport community, with programs such as the Junior Eagles and Flips for Cancer. John has always put his team first. He has left big shoes to fill, but I suspect we will still see him around trimming the hedges to make our campus beautiful." - Associate Athletic Director Susan Hoffman
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