Holly Tedeschi is beginning her 10th season with the Air Force women's gymnastics program. She has spent nine years as an assistant coach (2000-04, 2007-present), while serving as the interim head coach during the 2006 season. She has also served as the recruiting coordinator for the program and works as a coach at the Air Force Sports Camps.
In addition to her coaching duties, she is a physical education instructor within the athletic department's Instructor Division, directing such courses as water survival, self-defense and unarmed combat. Tedeschi is also a teaching assistant for the Academy's physical development, tennis, scuba-diving, racquetball and volleyball classes. During her year away from the program, Tedeschi worked full-time in the athletic department's Fitness Testing and Evaluation Division.
In 2002, Tedeschi was named the AD Professional Civilian of the Year, after earning the AD Civilian of the Quarter award, as well as the base-wide Professional Civilian of the Quarter award. As the Falcons' interim head coach in 2006, Tedeschi guided Air Force to a fourth-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while producing four all-conference gymnasts.
During Tedeschi's first term as an assistant coach with the program during the 2000-04 seasons, the Falcons were two-time USA Gymnastics Collegiate team champions (2001-02) and two-time team qualifiers to the NCAA Regional Championships. Tedeschi helped produce 30 USAG All-Americans during that four-year span and was named the 2002 USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year. As the lead vault coach, Tedeschi saw the Academy record on that event broken three times in her first competitive season.
In her second stint as an assistant coach with the Falcons, Tedeschi has helped produce six USAG All-Americans and the program's first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation balance beam champion. As the Falcons' lead beam coach, Tedeschi guided Abbey Rogers and Kayla Kincade to the top-two spots on the award podium at the 2009 conference championship meet.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Tedeschi graduated in May 2000 from Radford University (Va.), with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a concentration in commercial fitness. Tedeschi spent four years as an all-around competitor for the Radford gymnastics program and served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons. During her freshman year, she was the state's collegiate vault champion, while earning the Most Valuable Player award and Coach's Award. As a junior, Tedeschi won her second state collegiate vault title and finished second in the all-around at the state collegiate championships. During her senior season, Tedeschi overcame two knee surgeries en route to a stellar season that garnered Player of the Year honors. After picking up state collegiate titles on the vault and in the all-around, Tedeschi went on to claim the vault title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.
In her free time, Tedeschi enjoys golfing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and spending time with her family. Tedeschi lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Gary, who is an officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department. They have a daughter, Katie, who was born in July 2003, and a son, Samuel, who was born in December 2006.