Maggie Haney Wiki – Maggie Haney Biography
Maggie Elaine Haney is a former American gymnastics coach, serving as the head coach and owner at MG Elite Gymnastics, Inc in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. She is known for coaching 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez and 2018 World champion Riley McCusker. As a gymnast, Haney competed for the NC State Wolfpack women’s gymnastics program and is credited with the most Perfect 10s in the program’s history.
USA Gymnastics officials first received abuse complaints against Haney in 2016. In August 2019, it was announced Haney was under investigation by USA Gymnastics over allegations of verbal and emotional abuse. At least a half dozen families filed complaints against Haney, alleging that she instructed injured gymnasts to remove casts and continue training, as well as screaming at and threatening gymnasts. On February 3 2020, her hearing on the allegations began. She was suspended from coaching minor athletes pending the outcome of the hearing. During the hearing, testimony was given regarding major injuries suffered by Haney’s athletes. Riley McCusker, a World champion trained by Haney, suffered rhabdomyolysis, a muscle condition linked to overtraining, in 2019. In March, USA Gymnastics suspended Victoria Levine, a coach and co-owner of MG Elite Gymnastics, due to allegations that she also was verbally abusive to athletes. USA Gymnastics claimed that the hearing panel would release a decision on April 22, then said there was a calendar error, and the decision would be made public on April 29.
Haney was suspended for eight years by USA Gymnastics. Haney runs and owns MG Elite Gymnastics in New Jersey. Both Laurie Hernandez and 2018 World champion Riley McCusker have spoken out about Haney’s coaching practices.
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February 8, 1978 (age 42 years), United States
North Carolina State University (1996–2000), Berkner High School
Maggie Haney and Laurie Hernandez
USA Gymnastics has suspended New Jersey gymnastics coach Maggie Haney — once the coach of Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez — for eight years over allegations that she had verbally and emotionally abused gymnasts.
USAG, the sport’s governing body in the United States, confirmed the suspension to CNN after the Orange County Register first reported it Wednesday.
USAG said a “hearing related to Maggie Haney” had concluded in a statement to CNN, adding that an independent panel “found that Ms. Haney violated the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct, Safe Sport Policy, and other policies. As a result, the hearing panel determined that Ms. Haney is suspended from membership, and any coaching of USA Gymnastics athletes or in member clubs, for a period of eight years…”
The organization has not released details about the allegations that led to the suspension. But the Register, citing interviews and documents, reported several athletes alleged in hearings that began in February that Haney bullied and harassed them, including by cajoling them to compete or train while injured.
The Register reported that one athlete who testified against Haney was Hernandez, who left Haney’s tutelage after the 2016 Olympics, at which she won team gold and an individual silver on the balance beam.
Haney’s suspension comes as USA Gymnastics tries to recover from the sexual abuse scandal involving former national team physician Larry Nassar.
Nassar, once a celebrated sports physician for the USAG national team and Michigan State University, was sentenced to decades in prison in 2017 and 2018 after a series of guilty pleas to child pornography and sexual misconduct charges in federal and state courtrooms.
Those charges came after more than 150 women and girls said he sexually abused them over the past two decades.
USAG filed for bankruptcy in late 2018 as it struggled to recover from the scandal. As part of a plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the organization has proposed a $215 million settlement for survivors of Nassar’s abuse, but some athletes have criticized the proposal.