Colonials Place Four on All-EAGL First Team; Kistler Named Assistant Coach of the Year
2013 EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year
Barry Kistler is in his 17th season as the assistant gymnastics coach at The George Washington University. He joined head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham's staff in the fall of 1998 after having spent the `98 gymnastics season as the assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University in Washington.
Kistler played a key role in the Colonials setting a pair of program records in 2014. GW set new team records with scores of 49.225 on vault and 49.20 on uneven bars. Additionally, he played vital role in the development of 2014 EAGL Rookie of the Year and EAGL Vault Co-Champion Chelsea Raineri.
Kistler was named the EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2013 season for playing an integral role in recruiting and elevating the difficulty of the Colonials' uneven bar routines. During his tenure at GW, Kistler has had a hand in leading the Colonials to four A-10 Conference titles and three 20-plus victory seasons.
While at Seattle Pacific, Kistler helped lead the Falcons to a new all-around record of 192.65 and a second-place finish at the USAG Collegiate National Championships (Division II).
Prior to his work at Seattle Pacific, Kistler was the assistant women's coach at Radford University from 1996-97. Kistler helped the Highlanders establish a new team all-around record of 188.1 against the University of Kentucky in 1997. Also that year, the team broke or tied all individual and team records. Kistler's team also enjoyed academic success when it finished ninth for team GPA among all women's gymnastics teams in the country and produced six NCAA Scholastic All-Americans.
As an athlete, Kistler was a member of the Radford University gymnastics team from 1992-1996. He is the school record holder in the all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars, and was team captain in 1996. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Kistler also has coached at the Clemmer's School of Gymnastics in North Carolina, Moonbeam Academy of Gymnastics in Virginia, the Falcon Gymnastics Center in Seattle and the Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Pennsylvania.