Involved with gymnastics for over 26 years, both as a competitor and a coach, Trina Tinti enters her fifth year at the helm of the California women's gymnastics program this winter. In her four seasons at Cal, Tinti has led the Bears to a 42-55 overall record.
During her tenure at Cal, 14 different records (10 team, four individual) were broken. Last year, Tinti's squad broke the team record of 195.975, against Stanford as they went on to tally a 196.075, including a new team record on the beam of 49.150. Also in 2001, the Bears qualified for the NCAA Regionals as a team for the first time in three years. In addition, three team records fell as Cal recorded new highs on the vault (49.125), beam (49.150) and the floor (49.375). In Tinti's third year, the Bears broke the team's then record of 194.325 four separate times with the high coming at Boise State, 195.975. Under her guidance, the Bears also placed fifth as a team in the conference, the highest Pac-10 finish for the squad in 10 years. Tinti was voted the 2000 NCAA Region I Head Coach of the Year for her efforts.
Two team event records were broken that year. The 1992 record on bars was over-taken with a 49.400 as well as the 1996 record for the floor exercise with a score of 49.300. Both records were set at San Jose State on Feb. 26, 2000. Through her time in Berkeley, Tinti has brought in some impressive recruiting classes. The 1998 class (her first recruiting class) boasts this years lone senior and standout all-arounder Lindsay Baker, while the 1999 recruiting class brought in eight accomplished gymnasts including all-around competitor Carrie Kreifels, who qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships as a freshman.
Tinti came to Cal from the University of Minnesota where she was the assistant women's gymnastics coach for five seasons. While at Minnesota, Tinti helped the Golden Gophers to a 10th-place finish at the 1997 NCAA championships in the school's first-ever appearance in the national meet. Individually, she coached the 1996 Big Ten floor exercise champion and '97 All-American Mindy Knaeble.
Prior to her tenure at Minnesota, Tinti choreographed both balance beam and floor exercise routines for several gymnastics clubs nationwide. Tinti was also an assistant coach at UCLA from 1990-91 and an assistant coach for the U.S. national team at the 1989 World Championships, where she coached 1988 Olympian Chelle Stack.
Additionally, Tinti has spent time as a coach and choreographer for the Southern California Acro Team (SCATS) in Huntington Beach, Calif. She also served as a dance and gymnastics instructor for Woodward and Lake Owen Summer Gymnastics Camps in Woodward, Penn., from 1987-88 and Cable, Wis., from 1994-95.
As a competitor, Tinti was a four-year letter winner and All-American at UCLA from 1983-87. She earned Most Inspirational Gymnast honors in 1986 and was named UCLA's Most Valuable Gymnast in 1984. She was also honored in '84 as UCLA's Most Outstanding Female Athlete.
On the international scene, Tinti was named team captain of the U.S. squad, which captured a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. As a national team member for four consecutive years from (1980-84), Tinti represented the United States in several international events, including competitions in Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. Tinti was also involved with the inaugural USA Gymnastics Mentorship Program developed to support present National Team members.
A native of Davis, Calif., Tinti received a bachelor's degree in sociology from UCLA in 1988 and holds a master's degree in education, which she earned at the University of Minnesota in 1997.
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