Former MSU Coach George Szypula Passes Away at Age 92
posted on 07/22/2013

George Szypula (right) with MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.
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Courtesy MSU Athletic Communications

Former Michigan State men's gymnastics coach George Szypula died on Saturday in East Lansing. He was 92.

Szypula was inducted in the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame in Sept. 2012.

Szypula was a stalwart in the Lansing gymnastics community, as his impact on the sport was undeniable. Beginning in 1947 when he was hired at MSU and concluding with his time in East Lansing, he left behind a tremendous legacy that affected the lives of many in the area.

The first coach in Michigan State men's gymnastics history, Szypula led the Spartans into the national spotlight during his 41-year reign (1947-88). An owner of 252 career meet victories, Szypula led the Spartans to an NCAA Championship in 1958 and a Big Ten title in 1968, in addition to 18 individual NCAA and 48 individual conference champions.

Syzpula received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1966 and the NCAA Mideast Region Coach of the Year in 1987, while at MSU. He had also been inducted into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame, the Temple University Hall of Fame, the East Lansing High School Hall of Fame and the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Upon his retirement from MSU, Szypula spent 16 seasons as the boys' gymnastics coach at East Lansing High School.