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Brestyan New Head Coach of Australian Women
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Romanian-born Mihai Brestyan has been selected as the new head coach of the Australian women's team, Gymnastics Australia announced Friday.

Romanian-born Mihai Brestyan has been selected as the new head coach of the Australian women's team, Gymnastics Australia announced Friday.

Brestyan has owned Brestyan's Gymnastics in Massachusetts since 2000, where he and his wife, Silvia, guided Olympians Alicia Sacramone and Aly Raisman to international stardom. He was the USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 2005, 2011 and 2013.

"This is a new chapter and an exciting challenge," said Brestyan, who coached in Israel for several years before immigrating to the United States. "I'm looking forward to sharing my learnings and experiences with the athletes and coaches in Australia and guiding women's gymnastics to a leading gymnastics nation."

Following the retirement of Peggy Liddick, Gymnastics Australia undertook a major international recruitment for a new head coach. The program is in a rebuilding phase following its 2016 disappointment, when Australia missed qualifying a full team to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1988.

"The recruitment process has been lengthy, but Gymnastics Australia was clear in its objective of securing a world best coach to drive performance standards of Australian athletes and coaches to be internationally competitive," said Gymnastics Australia CEO Mark Rendell.

Brestyan, who turns 64 in May, will begin his new role immediately. According to Gymnastics Australia, he will work specifically with Australia's national team via training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

"Australian Gymnastics took a major step forward with the recent success of the World Cup event in Melbourne and we are looking to build on that momentum," said Sam McKay, president of Gymnastics Australia. "We are thrilled a coach with the experience and proven results of Mihai will be guiding our next generation of gymnasts and coaches as we look."

External Link: Gymnastics Australia

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