Brestyan served as the personal coach of Alicia Sacramone, who won 10 World medals and an Olympic silver medal, and three-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandra “Aly” Raisman, and is the owner of Brestyan American Gymnastics. Sacramone (2008) and Raisman (2012, 2016) both served as team captains at the Olympic Games.
Raisman is a six-time Olympic medalist and was the most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she earned a total of three medals: two gold (team; floor exercise); and one bronze (balance beam). At the 2016 Olympics, Raisman clinched three more Olympic medals: one gold (team); and two silver (all-around; floor exercise).
With Brestyan as their coach, Sacramone and Raisman have an impressive combined total of 21 World and Olympic medals. Brestyan has served as a member of the U.S. Women’s team coaching staff at three Olympic games (2008, 2012, 2016) and numerous World Championships, including the 2007, 2011, and 2015 World Championships, where the U.S. Women’s teams earned gold.
Brestyan is a three-time USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year recipient (2005, 2011, 2013). Raised in Romania, Brestyan attended Timisoara University, where he earned his degree in physical education sciences and Coaching School in Bucharest. He went on to serve as national team coach for both Romania and Israel. Currently, Brestyan resides in Boston with his wife, Silvia, and son, Radu.