Art Shurlock, an NCAA champion and Olympic gymnast and coach, passed away May 14 in Los Angeles at age 84.
Born September 8, 1937 in Chicago, Shurlock won the 1955 Canadian all-around championships and followed up with AAU pommel horse titles in 1957 and 1958, competing later that year at the first gymnastics World Championships in Moscow. He attended Cal Berkley, where he was 1959 NCAA champion on pommel horse and a two-time NCAA runner-up in the all-around.
In 1963 he won the all-around, still rings, vault and high bar titles at the inaugural USGF championships (now USA Gymnastics) and was a 1964 Olympian, competing on pommel horse in Tokyo.
In 1965 he took over as head coach of the UCLA men’s team until the program was discontinued in 1994. He led the Bruins to NCAA titles in 1984 and 1987 and eight top-three finishes. All told, he coached 14 individual NCAA champions, 26 All-Americans and nine Olympians, who won eight gold medals. The NCAA Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1987 and 1991 USGF Coach of the Year, Shurlock coached three athletes on the gold medal-winning 1984 men’s Olympic team alone: Peter Vidmar, Tim Daggett and Mitch Gaylord.
Shurlock was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Alice and son, Mark.