Al and Sally Stumpf met as members of the Buffalo Turners, an organization they ran as a married couple for 14 years en route to a successful career as a coaching duo.
In 1972 following their tenure with the Buffalo Turners, the Stumpfs opened their private gymnastics club in Buffalo. There they trained Olympians, Pan American Games, and World Championships athletes. The Stumpfs cultivated the Canisius College program into a dominant collegiate program that reached as high as sixth nationally during his tenure. They directed the Senior National AAU Tumbling and Trampoline competition held in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where Canisius won silver in the team competition.
The Stumpf’s two sons, Eric and Kurt, went on to be successful coaches as well. It is estimated that Al and Sally, along with their sons, trained and coached more than 10,000 local gymnasts in New York.