Laurel Tindall is not only synonymous with Seattle Pacific University gymnastics, she is also recognized nationally as a champion of her sport. Whether as an athlete, a coach, or a judge, Tindall has always risen to the top. Her teams have won three national championships and, individually, SPU gymnasts have taken 31 individual titles, and in 2003 she was honored as national coach of the year for the fourth time. Simply stated, Tindall has made the Falcons one of the most respected and formidable college programs in the nation. Perhaps the most impressive run of success was Seattle Pacific's 20 consecutive top-four national finishes from 1984-03. That includes a USA Gymnastics Championship in 1997 followed by a runner-up finish in 1998. In her final and 44th year as head coach, Tindall’s athletes have collected 179 All-American certificates and in April 2019, she ended her coaching career with another national champion, junior Darian Burns. Laurel announced her retirement at the Falcons final home meet on March 23, 2019. Her former gymnasts are excited to bring years of stories, impact, and shared experiences together to say Cheers to 46 Years!
Thank you to everyone who attended Laurel's retirement party on Sunday, August 25. It was a picture perfect afternoon of reminiscing, reconnecting, meeting fellow SPUGS, and sharing stories about Laurel's impact. It was so meaningful to bring gymnasts from 1973 to 2019 together and celebrate Laurel's accomplishments and what she has done for us as individuals and for the sport of gymnastics. LT - we will carry on your legacy in many ways; most importantly through the lifelong friendships we made during our time at SPU. Thank you for being part of shaping us into the women we are today - we will continue to make you proud. The future of SPU gymnastics is possible because of the foundation you laid 46 years ago. We are SPUGS for life and wish you all of the best in your next chapter of life. Happy Retirement!