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About Jeff T. Hennessy

From: Jeff Hennessy Subject: Biography: HENNESSY, Jeff Date: October 12, 2009 2:23:00 PM CDT To: Jeff Hennessy HENNESSY, Jeff Inducted: 1992 Born: October 27, 1929 Most parents take walks and go on picnics with their children. Jeff Hennessy did these things with his children, also, but, in addition, he went bouncing with them on a steady basis. He produced and coached more World and National trampoline, tumbling, and mini-tramp champions than anyone in America. The champions included his daughter, Leigh. Jeff received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and matriculated to the U. Of Louisiana at Lafayette where he taught, instructed, and coached the Swimming and Gymnastics teams for 27 years. He was nine-time USA Trampoline Team Coach in World Championships and took USA teams to South Africa, Russia, Germany, and Holland. He also coached AAU teams, intercollegiate athletes, and even Miss America, Judi Ford. Jeff has served as Director of World Trampoline Championships, International Judges and Coaches courses, AAU and Federation Championships, six National Jr. Olympic Championships, and the community service trampoline program for children. He has officiated from London to Japan. Honors: A Trampoline/Tumbling Scholarship is awarded in his name by U.S.A. Gymnastics, the national gymnastics governing body (NGB); Accepted as an honorary member of the Federation International Gymnastic (FIG), (1999); Honored to be a recipient of the Safety Award from the American Trampoline and Tumbling Association, (1992); Inducted into the International Gymnastic Hall of Fame (IGHOF) formerly the Helms Hall Gymnastic Hall of Fame (IGHOF) formerly the Helms Hall of Fame, (1992); Received international Trampoline & Tumbling Federation’s Lifetime Membership Award, Osaka, Japan, (1984); American Trampoline and Tumbling Association Outstanding Coach of the Year, (U. of Southwestern Louisiana, (1982); Distinguished Professor, U. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA., (1992); Master of Trampoline, American Trampoline and Tumbling Association, (1978); Who’s Who in the Southwest, (1977); Gift of Honor, presented by the International Trampoline Federation, (1976); Elected Chairman of the International Trampoline Federation Technical Committee, (1976); Inducted into the U.S. Trampoline Association’s Hall of Fame, (1976); Featured in “Fliffises and Gazip-Gazaps”, Sports Illustrated, 8th Day, (1970); Received the C.H. McCloy Research Award for Gymnastics, (1966); Member of U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Committee, (1965-‘69); First Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Trampoline Chairman, (1965). General: Appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records and reportedly has been featured in more magazines, publications and newspapers than Donald Trump. Twice, he was elected Outstanding AAU Coach of the year and was honored by the German Gymnastic Association for his extraordinary talent and contributions. Personal: Jeff served as the United States Sports delegate for the AAU to Winston Churchill’s funeral. He was an advisor and consultant to USA Gymnastics, the United States Diving organization, the International Trampoline Federation, ABC, CBS, the United States Department of Justice, and Law Firms throughout the country. Jeff Hennessy has authored more books and journals about trampoline and springboard diving than John Grisham has courtroom scenes. His daughter, Leigh, won two World Championships in Double Mini-Tramp and may be the leading U. S. title-holder for women in the twisting, turning, and bouncing sport of trampoline. Sources: World Acrobatic Society “Legends of Honor” Newsletter, personal resume, and interviews with his daughter, Leigh. Introduction, commentary, and formatting by Larry Banner, Web Manager. Close

A Successful Philosophy of Coaching Athletes

Sports psychology is such a diverse field of information that it would be difficult to develop all of the issues embracing the philosophy of coaching. This analysis is directed to those sports that encompass skills of a rotary nature, either … Continue reading

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An Approach to More Spectacular Diving

THE TWISTING SOMERSAULTS: AN APPROACH TO A MORE SPECTACULAR DIVING PROGRAM Twisting multiple somersaults must have a sound base on which to develop. This base embodies three fundamental skills, the barani, the full twisting front somersault, and the full twisting backward somersault. … Continue reading

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An in-depth examination of fundamental trampoline skills:

How to transform beginners into champions By Jeff T. Hennessy The agenda that was followed for more than fifty years of coaching the sport of  trampoline produced a number of world and national trampoline champions. This can be attributed to … Continue reading

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A visual concept of twisting somersaults

AT THE BEGINNING There are two fundamental skills that must be realized to establish a foundation for advanced twisting somersaults. These skills are the barani (front somersault with early ½ half twist) and the backward somersault with one twist.

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White House Letter from Capt. James A. Lovell, March 20, 1968

 This is a letter from Nasa Astronaut Captain James A. Lovell addressed to me on March 20, 1968.  The letter is something I will cherish forever.

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Spatial Awareness:

A VISUAL APPROACH TO BETTER TWISTING SOMERSAULTS Spatial Awareness: The ability to visually determine one’s body position as it relates to the environment while airborne.

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A Coach’s Predicament: the Star Athlete is Your Child!

The trials and tribulations that accompany the relationship between coach and child are many. This relationship is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and can be very rewarding.

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Triple Twisting Double Back Somersault

The 2 ½ twisting backward 1 ½ somersault performed on the springboard was the diving skill that was the birthplace of the triple twisting double backward somersaults.

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