Ian Dennehy

CEO, Men's Team Coordinator

I have been actively participating in gymnastics for as long as I can remember. When I was 6 years old my mother and father enrolled me in my first gymnastics class and since my first less than perfect cartwheel, I have never looked back. As a child, I loved everything about the sport and now as an adult I also appreciate the tremendous impact it has had on my life today. Through hours upon hours of training and competing I learned to enjoy the kind of success gymnastics brings, and I also learned to deal with the failures that are often the building blocks of that success.  One year I experienced the exhilaration of competing on a state championship team only to find myself moved down a level the next year under a new coaching staff.  While disappointed at the time, the move turned out to be for my own good and motivated me to perform at a level I may not have achieved otherwise. Every gymnast learns through these ups and downs and the experience prepared me for life in ways that have helped me become the person I am today. As a gymnast, I have always tried to learn as much from the challenges as I have from the opportunities.  I was fortunate to enjoy some success during my gymnastics career qualifying to 4 consecutive Junior Olympic National Championships. When my dad moved to London, I also had the privilege at the age of 14 of competing and winning on the international stage as a gold medalist at the 2005 British Team Championships. In addition to competing in club gymnastics, I also competed for three years at my high school, Glenbrook North where our team qualified for 3 state team finals and as a senior, I finished second in the all-around and was the Illinois State Champion on vault. The relationships I built throughout with my gymnasts teammates and even some of my rivals have lasted through my entire life and the friendships I’ve made through the sport are some off the strongest I have. As a coach I try to keep all of the things gymnastics has taught me and given me in mind. It is important to me that every child I coach gets the most out of what this sport has to offer. Each child has such great potential inside of him and her and it is our job at CGA to bring that potential to the surface in a number of different and creative ways. Teaching has always been a passion of mine throughout my life and I can’t think of a more rewarding way to pass on what I have learned than through the sport of gymnastics.

3 words to describe my coaching philosophy: 
Compassionate, enthusiastic, & genuine