Year at Utah: 8th/33rd
Utah/Career Record: 151-54-3
2010-present: Utah Co-Head Coach
1997-2009: Utah Associate Head Coach
1985-1996: Utah Assistant Coach
Bachelor's Degree in public relations
NCAA Team Championships: 6
NCAA Individual Championships: 10
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: 2014, 2015
Region Head Coach of the Year: 2011, 2012
National Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005
Region Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005, 2007
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Birthdate: June 6, 1962
Children: Montana, Dakota
Former NCAA all-around champion Megan Marsden is in her 33rd year on the Utah coaching staff and her eighth as the co-head coach. As a gymnast or coach, Marsden has participated in all of Utah's record-tying 10 national championships and 36 of its record 41 national championship appearances.
During Marsden's time in Salt Lake City, the Utes have placed in the nation's top three 22 times—taking first 10 times, second eight times and third four times. Utah has advanced into the Super Six 19 times in the 24-year history of team finals. The Utes won back-to-back Pac-12 championships in 2014 and 2015 and placed second at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Since becoming the co-head coach in 2010, Marsden has compiled a 151-54-3 overall record and is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2014, 2015) and NCAA Region Coach of the Year (2011, 2012). Previously, she was named the 2005 National Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2005 and 2007 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
Marsden transitioned from competitor to coach at her alma mater in 1985 after leading Utah to four national championships as a 12-time first-team All-American and three-time NCAA champion from 1981-84. She apprenticed 25 years for the head coaching job, spending 12 years as an assistant and 13 years as the associate coach. Including her years as an assistant/associate coach, she has helped Utah gymnasts earn 180 All-America awards.
Utah's beam coach her entire career, Marsden's gymnasts on that event have won seven NCAA individual championships. Utah is the only program in the nation that can claim two back-to-back NCAA beam champions: Missy Marlowe in 1991-92 and Summer Reid in 1996-97. Other NCAA beam champions under Marsden were Theresa Kulikowski in 1999 and 2001, and Ashley Postell in 2007.
Her "beamers" have won 62 All-America awards, including four-time beam first-team All-Americans Kulikowski, Postell and Shannon Bowles. Marsden's 2001 beam team made history when all six members won All-America honors and four qualified into individual finals.
Marsden has also assisted in 65 All-America performances on the floor exercise, among them NCAA champions Lisa Mitzel (1985) and Marlowe (1992), and NCAA co-runners-up Shelley Schaerrer and Marlowe (1990), Kulikowski (1999) and Denise Jones (2000). Winning an NCAA bronze medal on floor under Marsden were Bowles (2002), Melissa Vituj (2004) and Postell (2007).
In five years of Pac-12 membership, she has coached two Pac-12 Gymnasts of the Year (Tory Wilson in 2014 and Georgia Dabritz in 2015) and four all-around champions (Corrie Lothrop in 2012, Wilson in 2014, Dabritz in 2015 and Breanna Hughes in 2016). Her gymnasts have also claimed several major Pac-12 awards, including three Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year (Stephanie McAllister in 2012, Dabritz in 2015 and Hughes in 2016), two Pac-12 Freshmen of the Year (Dabritz in 2012 and Sabrina Schwab in 2016) and two Pac-12 Specialists of the Year (Dabritz in 2014 and Kassandra Lopez in 2016).
Marsden has coached four AAI Award winners, which recognizes the nation's top senior gymnast: Marlowe (1992), Kulikowski (2003), Postell (2008) and Dabritz (2016). Three Utes have won a coveted NCAA Top 10 Award: Marlowe (1993), Kulikowski (2004) and Dabritz (2016).
The program has also succeeded academically during Marsden's tenure. Utah has placed in the top five in the country in gymnastics team GPA for the past five years, including first place in 2014 and second place in 2015 and 2016. Ute gymnasts have been honored as CoSIDA All-Americans 14 times and Kulikowski was the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for all sports (women and men) in 2003.
Marsden also coordinates the team's strength and conditioning program, nutrition education, community service and fundraising, as well assisting in recruiting.
In 1996, Marsden became the first gymnast inducted into the school's Crimson Club Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was inducted into the Utah Hall of Fame.
During her undergraduate career as Megan McCunniff, she led Utah to four national titles from 1981-84 and was a three-time NCAA individual champion, winning the all-around title in 1983 and 1984, and the vault title in 1984. She finished her career as a 12-time first-team All-American. Her senior year, she won the Broderick Award, recognizing her as the country's top collegiate woman gymnast.
Her gymnastics background landed her an acting part as gymnast Jo Ellen Carter in the 1985 movie "American Anthem".
The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native graduated from Utah in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. She and husband Greg have two sons, Montana and Dakota. Greg coached the Ute gymnastics team for 40 years before retiring after the 2015 NCAA Championships.
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