The athletic icon for whom part of the UT Football stadium is named, Theo Bellmont was himself a gymnast. He originated the sport of Gymnastics at UT in 1912. A member of turnverein, a german style form of gymnastics, Theo Bellmont is the earliest known figure to have played a key role in bringing Gymnastics to the university.Dr. William Anthony Crenshaw
In 1913, the Board of Regents at UT offered the Directorship of Athletics to L. Theo Bellmont. The job included the supervision not only of Intercollegiate Athletics, but of physical training and intramurals. He successfully modernized the Intercollegiate Athletics Program, and established an Intramural Program that was the first of its kind and is now one of the best in the nation. He also founded and strengthened the Department of Physical Training for Men and the Department of Physical and Health Education. The University of Tennessee law student - a former football player, basketball player, gymnast and track man - dedicated himself to his job and accomplished more than could have been imagined. He inaugurated the idea of a prepayment plan for athletics which secured a yearly income for the program; organized the drive to build Memorial Stadium; founded the Texas Relays; and, early in his career, began the tradition of the Cotton Bowl game with the University of Oklahoma which is now known as the "OU Weekend." Bellmont was one of the first individuals named to the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1957.
Bill Crenshaw was a physical education professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He formally organized the sport of gymnastics into the seed of what has become our club today. While teaching, he opened a Gymnastics Gymnasium on burnet road in 1952. In 1976, Gil Elsass bought his business from him and moved it to it's current location where the Longhorns currently train. In 1968, Bill Crenshaw was elected as a life member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas. Bill Crenshaw also served as the Vice President of the United States Gymnastics Federation from 1974 to 1975. He passed away in 1996.Rome Milan
Rome Milan is a well known gymnastics judge and is notable for his colorful shoes and ties. Rome is a well known and accomplished artist, and his Gallery can be found online. He still enjoys a good handstand now and then.Mark Sherman
Rome competed in gymnastics in Sokol, at Trinity High School and then at The University of Texas - Austin where he graduated with a BS in Education. He coached gymnastics teams at Sokol Fort Worth, and at Boswell and Weatherford High Schools. In his eighteen years of high school coaching, his teams boast of State and National Champions. He has attended Nine Summer Olympic Games, named three children after Olympic cities; Paris, Sydney & Athens, has visited more than 45 countries, has collected hundreds of items from Olympic Games, has met thousands of athletes, has collected tenís of thousands of pins, and has hundreds of indescribable memories.
An Olympic Dream come true was realized in 2006 when he was selected to be part of the torch relay at the Winter Games, held in Italy. Romeís scheduled torch run segment was in? In Rome, Italy! Rome worked as Office Staff for the USGF (Currently USAG) in 82-83. From 1979 - 2003 he held various Coordinator Positions for International and National Competitions in the US, including two World Championships and two Olympic games. He has been an International Gymnastics Judge since 1985 and served on the GAT Board for 11 yrs, twice as President. As a Sokol Schools Instructor and Director of District and National Sokol Camps in the 80s and 90s Rome assisted in the training of many of todayís Sokol leaders. He is still active gymnastically and served as the American Sokolís 2009 International Sport & Cultural Festival Chairman. This spectacular event attracted over 1600 participants from 31 States and 15 Countries bringing them together to share gymnastics in our great State of Texas. Since 2000, Rome has pursued a career as an artist and painting teacher at the Milan Gallery in Fort Worth. But he never quite got away from the gymnastics bug. He is currently coaching at Birdville ISD High School. In 2009, Rome was elected as a life member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas.
Mark Sherman is an internationally known Men's Artistic Gymnastics Judge, and holds the position of the National Gymnastics Judges Association (NGJA) Secretary as well as the secretary-treasurer of the Texas Gymnastic Judges Association (TGJA). Mark Sherman is currently the Gymnastics coach at Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX. He hosts the main annual meeting of the TGJA at that location.Gilbert Elsass
Gilbert Elsass was a member of the University of Texas Gymnastics Team in the early 1970's. In 1976, shortly after graduating, Gil Elsass and his brother Art purchased Crenshaw's Athletic Club from Bill Crenshaw, a former UT PE professor who in fact was the person who first formally organized gymnastics into a club at UT. Gil continued to run the business he had purchased and moved the gym to it's present day location. In 1999, Gil was elected as a Life Member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas.
Today Gil is the Region 3 Men's Chairman for USA Gymnastics and continues to be a major player in the world of Gymnastics. But more importantly, in 2006 Gil generously provided his gym for the Texas Longhorns to train at. Thanks to his support, the Longhorn Gymnasts have been able to train closer to home and expand their presence on the Collegiate Gymnastics scene.