1. Newt: The Father of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics

    October 8, 2018

    Newt Loken was a coach like no other. He has been compared to Bo Schembechler and John Wooden for his highly honored place in the sport of gymnastics, but he had a style all his own. He was a champion gymnast, an innovative Navy athletic welfare officer in World War II, a dedicated father, a compelling storyteller, and a unique coach.

    But those outside the Michigan and gymnastics worlds haven’t really had a chance to know this amazing man, one of the most likeable and successful coaches in Big Ten history … until now. “Colt Rosensweig’s ‘Newt’ captures the coach’s magical quality and infuses it into each chapter. Her chronicle of Newt’s life entertains as it preserves his memory for generations to come,” says Justin Toman, former USA gymnastics national team member and Michigan captain, 1999-2002.