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The University of Utah Women’s Gymnastics team is gearing up for this year’s schedule and they promise to make it one of the best.
Co- Head Coach Megan Marsden talks about this year’s team and their fans.
A longtime partnership became official on July 23, 2009, when Megan Marsden was promoted to co-head coach, joining her husband Greg as the leader of the Utah gymnastics program. The official title was a formality of sorts, since Megan has shared in all major decisions since joining the coaching staff 25 years ago.
“This has been a partnership for many years and this was the next logical step,” said Greg Marsden, who is in his 35th season at Utah. “Megan and I have been partners in our marriage, raising our children and running this program. Over the years, she has assumed more and more responsibility, and in many ways, she is the face of this program. She has earned this title.”
Megan Marsden’s promotion came after 13 years as the associate head coach. She served as an assistant coach for the 12 years prior.
Once the best college gymnast in the land, Marsden has played a major role in all 10 of Utah’s gymnastics championships as either an athlete (1981-84) or a coach (1985, ’86, ’90, ’92, ’94, ’95). In her 29-year affiliation with the program, the Utes have finished in the top three 21 times, winning 10 gold, seven NCAA silver and four bronze medals.
Utah has won 54 All-America awards on the beam under Marsden, including citations for all six members of her 2002 beam team (four qualified for individual finals).
Marsden also has assisted in 54 All-America performances on the floor exercise, including NCAA champions Lisa Mitzel (1985) and Marlowe (1990), and NCAA runners-up Kulikowski (1999) and Denise Jones (2000). Winning an NCAA bronze during Marsden’s coaching tenure were Bowles (2002), Melissa Vituj (2004) and Postell (2007).
Along with her coaching responsibilities, Marsden plays a vital role in Utah’s recruiting efforts and manages the team’s strength and conditioning and community service programs.
Her coaching accolades include 2005 National and 2006-2007 Regional Coach of the Year awards. In 1992, she and husband Greg were co-recipients of the prestigious Utah Young Alumni Association “Par Excellence Award.” In 1996, Marsden became the first Ute gymnast inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame, and in 2003, she was inducted into the Utah Hall of Fame
Check out this season’s spectacular Red Rocks Women’s Gymnasts team and their bios plus how to get tickets for this season. Go to the University of Utah website at http://utahutes.cstv.com/