Suzanne Yoculan is the winningest coach in the history of American women's sports and Perfect 10 is the first book on women's college gymnastics, the fastest- growing college sport in terms of popularity. The book chronicles the rise of women's college gymnastics from the time of the first NCAA Championships in 1982 to the present. Centered on Yoculan and the GymDogs, Perfect 10 presents details of this coach's formula for success-extending performance longevity, helping gymnasts with eating disorders, team chemistry, gender equity, and promotional savvy. This savvy, combined with Yoculan's dynamic coaching techniques, responsible for raising the attendance at a GymDogs' meet from 200 in 1983, when she became head coach, to 10,000 today-virtually unparalleled at any other college.
The GymDogs are the only women's college gymnastics team to go undefeated through an entire season and they've done it four times. Under Yoculan's direction, Georgia gymnasts have earned 267 All-America honors, and Georgia gymnasts have won 29 NCAA individual championships. The GymDogs have placed in the nation's top 3 teams in 18 of the last 20 years.
Yoculan has been at the forefront of every important movement in women's college gymnastics-she showed the world that college gymnasts were not "over the hill" at 18 and could improve every season, she showed other coaches how to successfully battle the problem of anorexia in female gymnasts, she introduced Olympic-level skills to a college sport suffering from mediocrity, she initiated the establishment of the first renewable season ticket program in the nation for a women's college team, and she developed both a winner's and a fan's code of conduct forcollege gymnastics meets. Winner of 7 NCAA Championships and 15 SEC Championships, Yoculan has fought hard for Title IX-promoting the rights of women in sport, both players and coaches alike, and fighting against chauvinism within college administrations-opening the door for women coaches to question the fairness of their compensation packages.
Perfect 10 is a triple story of success, that of Suzanne Yoculan, the GymDogs, and women's college gymnastics.
Suzanne Yoculan is Head Coach of the University of Georgia GymDogs. For the past 23 years, she has led the team to unparalled success in women's college gymnastics. She is a 4-Time NCAA Coach of the Year and a 6-Time SEC Coach of the Year.
Bill Donaldson is a former director of scientific research for over 40 years at the E.I. DuPont Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is now a freelance writer covering environmental issues and women's college gymnastics.
Mary Lee Tracy is the owner and head coach of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, a USA Olympic Coach and a USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year.show more