Hawkeye Gymnastics evolved out of the University of Iowa’s Department of Recreational Services Lesson Programs. It was in existence in 1996 when Recreational Services hired Daniel Coon to direct the program which was composed of recreational and competitive gymnastics for girls.
Dan’s primary task was to make the program profitable to help fund the non-revenue producing programs offered by Recreational Services while maintaining the quality in service offered to the members.
In 2002, the program was released to Dan to convert to a private business with a continued location in the North Gym of the Field House. Since then the business has developed considerably and has been increasing year after year.
At the same time, Coon continued directorship of the Iowa Boys Invitational, founded in 1982 by former Iowa Gymnast, Kelly Crumley. The meet has now been running over 30 consecutive years, annually fielding over 400 competitors from all over the country.
In February 2012, Hawkeye Gymnastics moved from the Field House to its present, 9000 sq. foot, located in North Liberty, IA. The program provides the best in gymnastics instruction, coaching, leadership, innovation in pre-school and recreational & competitive gymnastics.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Hawkeye Gymnastics is to provide a self-sustaining gymnastics program, promote the value of gymnastics as a means of human development, and encourage safe participation and excellence in all aspects of gymnastics.
Provide the facilities, equipment, coaching, and program to enable every gymnast to reach their full gymnastics potential for North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, Solon, Tiffin, West Liberty, West Branch, Oxford, and South Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Through the sport of gymnastics we:
- Help children to appreciate their innate worth.
- Help children to love learning and accept challenges.
Our belief is that children should learn in a positive environment.
Daniel Coon (Owner)
Along with the directorship of Hawkeye Gymnastics, Mr. Coon has been responsible for several strategic positions in gymnastics which have granted him many accomplishments and awards throughout the years.
Here is a brief list of his experience and accomplishments:
- Director, Iowa Boys Gymnastics Invite, 1991-Present
- Jr. Olympic National Championships, Meet Director, 2001
- USA Gymnastics Iowa State Chairman, 1991-2001
- USA Gymnastics Region IV Director, 1995-Present
- Voting member & Secretary, USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program Committee
- President & Trustee, Jason Whitfield Foundation, with over $200,000.00 awarded in scholarships to US male gymnasts, 1995-Present
- Recipient; FrankCumiskey Award for Outstanding Contributions to USAG Jr. Men’s Gymnastics
- USA Gymnastics A-list Announcer