Texas Gymnastics Community,
It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend, fellow coach and long time Jr. National Coaching Staff member Gene Watson earlier today. Gene had been hospitalized last week and had undergone surgery over the weekend. Sadly, he was unable to recover.
While Gene had only recently moved to Texas and Region 3, both he and his wife Mindy have more than endeared themselves to the many coaches, parents and gymnasts he has worked with here. His gentle but strong, patient and calm demeanor have been, for our community, what has been the good fortune of every part of our national gymnastics family wherever Gene coached and led. We are particularly sad for the Region 5 gymnastics community that Gene had belonged to for so many years. Please know that our thoughts are with you in this time of mutual loss.
Integrity and kindness, civility and wisdom seem to be, at best, in short supply in today’s world. To have known Gene and to have worked along his side was to know that those characteristics of leadership, really, more essential characteristics of humaneness were still present and powerful. His love for our sport, his fellow coaches, but most of all, the athletes – all the athletes he worked with and cared for over his remarkable career is unsurpassed and serves as a model for all of us who share his craft and care for athletes..
Our hearts and prayers go out to Mindy and the family as they work through this great loss. Likewise, we want to encourage all the coaches and athletes whose lives were touched by Gene and remind them that even as we have lost this great man, we have been graced beyond measure by the time we had with him. All of us are better for having had the chance to train, coach, work, laugh and just be present with Gene Watson . “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Texas Men’s Gymnastics