Luminita Miscenco-Garcy, the 2011 USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year, is entering her third season as an assistant coach for the Air Force women's gymnastics team.
Garcy joined the Air Force coaching staff in the summer of 2010, after spending two years as a head coach at 5280 Gymnastics Club in Denver. Known in the gymnastics world as Lumi, she brings a wealth of experience to the Falcons' program, having been a member of the Romanian National team under famed coach Bela Karolyi.
In addition to her day-to-day duties with the Falcons' gymnastics program, she is also an instructor in the Academy's department of physical education, teaching such courses as rock climbing and physical development.
Garcy's gymnastics career began in 1977, when, at age five, she was selected to attend the world-renowned School of Karolyi in Deva, Romania, and train under the direction of Bela and Martha Karolyi. She spent 14 years at the School, earning world titles on the floor exercise and balance beam, while competing in numerous national and international competitions as a member of the Junior and Senior Romanian National Teams. Among the last generation of gymnasts to be hand-selected by the Karolyi's, she was able to train in the same school as three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci.
Prior to joining the Academy staff, Garcy spent the past two years (2008-10) as a head coach at 5280 Gymnastics in Denver. While there, she was responsible for the training and development of local gymnasts of all ages. She was also in charge of recruiting gymnasts (Level 4 through Elite) that demonstrate potential for competing at the highest level.
She was also a member of the national coaching staff for USA Gymnastics from 2004-10. In that role, she oversaw the training and development of National and TOP (Talent Opportunity Program) gymnasts, as well as assisting at the Junior Olympic and Pan American camps. She also organized and conducted clinics throughout the United States, while preparing presentations for gymnastic values and education before Congress.
Prior to joining the 5280 club, Garcy spent four years (2004-08) as a personal consultant at DeVeau's School of Gymnastics in Indianapolis, Ind. One of her gymnasts, Samantha Peszek, was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that earned a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.
She also spent four years as a coach for elite gymnasts at Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs (2000-04). There, she coached numerous elite-level gymnasts, including Natalie Foley, the runner-up on the vault at the 2001 U.S. Championships and an alternate for the 2001 World Championship Team that claimed a bronze medal.
She also spent two years (1998-99) as the personal coach for 1996 Olympic champion Dominique Moceanu, as she prepared for the 1998 Goodwill Games. Under her tutelage, Moceanu became the first American to win the all-around title at the Goodwill Games, while winning the vault and balance beam titles at the 1998 U.S. Championships.
Garcy began her coaching career in 1995 at Deva Gymnastics School in Romania. There, she was responsible for preparing the Junior National Team that won the 1997 national competition. She is a certified, professional member of USA Gymnastics. She earned a master's degree in coaching from the National Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, Romania.