George Hery

Class of 2016
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Hery turned an interest in gymnastics into a life-long passion and became one of trampoline’s greatest innovators. In 1960, Hery earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa, where he enjoyed a successful collegiate career winning the 1964 NCAA Championships vault title and Big 10 crowns on floor and vault. He won the 1964 World Professional Trampoline Championships, becoming the first trampoline athlete to successfully compete a triple back in competition. Following his athletic career, Hery began his journey as an educator working under the tutelage of George Nissen, recognized as the inventor of the modern trampoline. Over the next 50 years, Hery led clinics and demonstrations while pioneering new and safer equipment for the sport. His innovations include the double mini-trampoline and the addition of the coil springboard for vault. Hery owned gyms in New Jersey and Nevada and authored numerous educational articles for trampoline and tumbling. Hery now lives in Fallbrook, Calif., and continues to coach, judge and lead clinics around the country.

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Hery turned an interest in gymnastics into a life-long passion and became one of trampoline’s greatest innovators. In 1960, Hery earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa, where he enjoyed a successful collegiate career winning the 1964 NCAA Championships vault title and Big 10 crowns on floor and vault. He won the 1964 World Professional Trampoline Championships, becoming the first trampoline athlete to successfully compete a triple back in competition. Following his athletic career, Hery began his journey as an educator working under the tutelage of George Nissen, recognized as the inventor of the modern trampoline. Over the next 50 years, Hery led clinics and demonstrations while pioneering new and safer equipment for the sport. His innovations include the double mini-trampoline and the addition of the coil springboard for vault. Hery owned gyms in New Jersey and Nevada and authored numerous educational articles for trampoline and tumbling. Hery now lives in Fallbrook, Calif., and continues to coach, judge and lead clinics around the country.