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Former Coach, USGF Director Roger Counsil Passes Away
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Roger Counsil passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 82.

Counsil coached at Indiana State for 17 years and won the 1977 NCAA Championship. His teams produced 46 All-Americans, the most prominent being Kurt Thomas, who won the NCAA all-around titles in 1977 and ’79.

Born Jan. 11, 1935, in Wood River, Ill., Counsil was a three-sport athlete at Southern Illinois: track, swimming and gymnastics. He was the NAIA 1-meter diving champion in 1957, the year he earned "Most Valuable Athlete" at SIU. He earned a bachelor's and master's at SIU and his doctorate in higher education administration at Indiana University.

Counsil was the men's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete because of the boycott. He also was chairman of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, the men's coach for the U.S. team at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, National Coach of the Year and a four-time recipient of the Mideast Coach of the Year.

In 1980 Counsil became executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.

In 1985 Counsil was inducted into the Indiana State and Southern Illinois Athletics Halls of Fame.

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