In Memory of Danny Warbutton
Danny Warbutton passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014. Danny founded the Gym Dandys competitive team in 1976 in Washington, PA. Danny & his wife, Sue semi-retired from gymnastics in 2004, and then retired to Myrtle Beach.
Danny Warbutton was a graduate of Georgia Southern University; he was a world-renowned gymnast and gymnastics coach. Danny had been battling bladder cancer. He began gymnastics at the age of 11 with the Monessen Sokols, where he became a four-time National Sokol Champion.
At Belle Vernon High School, Danny was a member of three PIAA Championship teams, was a two-time WPIAL Champion and a PIAA All-Around Champion and Eastern United States High School Champion. At Georgia Southern, he was a four-time Georgia state champion, four-time Southern Intercollegiate Gymnastics champion and a three-time All-American.
He was a 10th-place finisher in the 1972 Olympic Trials. Danny was chosen to coach the United States team in 1977, as the team toured with Nadia Comaneci and the Romanian gymnasts. As an International coach, he coached U.S. teams in South Africa, East Germany and England.
Danny has coached 11 Elite gymnasts, 45 National competitors and 10 state championship teams. More than 50 of his gymnasts have gone on to college on full scholarships.
He has served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Age Group, and chairman of Regional Elite Coach of Coaches. He also served on the Foreign Relations Committee, International and Olympic Team Selection and the National Coaching Staff, and was the first recipient of the Pennsylvania Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988. Danny was inducted into both Mon-Valley sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Washington/Greene County sports Hall of Fame.
He will be inducted into the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame in October, 2014. Danny is survived by his wife, their two sons, Bobby and Steven, grandson, Luke, and sister, Lorie.
Gym Dandy Level 3’s perform at University of Pittsburgh in memory of gymnastics hero, Danny Warbutton