Hall Of Fame gymnastics coach Dunn has passed away
posted on 02/08/2016

Story courtesy of Northern Illinois University Sports Information

DeKALB, Ill. – Dr. J. Hubert “Hubie” Dunn, the Hall of Fame men’s gymnastics coach and professor at both Northern Illinois University and Washington State University, passed away in DeKalb on Sunday, January 31, at the age of 94.

Nationally-recognized as a pioneer and distinguished educator, Dunn was a member of five Halls of Fame, including those at NIU (1997 inductee) and Washington State (2006), as well as the U.S.A. Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1996). In 24 seasons as a head coach, he produced an all-time record of 132-69-4 in dual meet competitions.

In 1981, Dunn was awarded the esteemed title of “Honor Coach” by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC), and received the organization’s Outstanding Service Award for the second time. He previously earned the award in 1968 after a successful tenure as president of the NACGC in 1967-68. While serving as a professor of kinesiology and physiology at NIU, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1968.

As head coach at NIU from 1962-72, Dunn guided the Huskies to seven winning seasons and a 62-49-1 record. His Huskie gymnasts won three Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) individual titles and nine league runner-up spots from 1963-66. In 1966, Dunn led the Huskies to the program’s first dual meet triumph over a Big Ten team with a 153.55-140.15 victory over Ohio State.

Prior to his arrival at NIU, Dunn spent 14 seasons as head coach of the men’s gymnastics program at Washington State, where he was the first coach in school history beginning in 1947. He coached the Cougars’ program from 1947-62, compiling a dual meet mark of 70-20-3 with three Pacific Northwest team crowns, three regional AAU titles and 48 individual champions in 14 years. He was voted West Region “Coach of the Year” in 1961-62 before coming east to DeKalb.

The move brought Dunn closer to his Illinois roots. The native of Pinckneyville, Illinois, was an all-around gymnast at Southern Illinois from 1939-43, where he captained the team. He then served in the United States Navy and was a participant in the D-Day invasion of Europe 1944 before beginning his career as a teacher and coach.

Dunn is survived by his three daughters, Patricia Maveus, Catherine (Al) Johannsen and Barbara (Mike) Holtz; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren,; one sister-in-law, Virginia Wallace and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and his two sons, Daniel and David Dunn; and five brothers and four sisters.

Services were held Friday and Saturday, February 5-6 at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore with the funeral mass at St. Mary Church in DeKalb. Burial was at Fairview Park Cemetery with military honors.

A Memorial has been established for the Stroup-Dunn Scholarship Fund at Northern Illinois University in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHome.com or call 815-895-2833.