Co-Head Coach | 6th/31st Year at Utah
Year at Utah: 6th/31st
2010-present: Co-Head Coach
1997-2009: Associate Head Coach
1985-96: Assistant Coach
NCAA Team Championships: 6
NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005
Region Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005, 2007
Region Head Coach of the Year: 2011, 2012
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: 2014
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Birthdate: June 6, 1962
Children: Montana, Dakota
Former NCAA all-around champion Megan Marsden is in her 31st year on the Utah coaching staff and her sixth as the co-head coach. In her first five seasons as a head coach, she has already reached 100 wins (102-44-1) and won three major honors: 2011 and 2012 NCAA Region Head Coach of the Year and 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year (with Greg Marsden).
She 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. Leading up to her 2010 appointment as the co-head coach, she spent 12 years as an assistant and 13 years as the associate coach.
As a gymnast or coach, Marsden has participated in all 10 of Utah’s record-tying national championships and 34 of its record 39 national championships appearances. Utah’s 2014 Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship was the first Pac-12 team title for the school.
Including her years as an assistant/associate coach, Marsden has helped Utah gymnasts earn 154 All-America awards, including 121 on beam and floor, which are her primary events. Marsden protégés have won seven NCAA individual championships on beam and floor.
Under her tutelage, Utah is the only program in the nation that can claim two back-to-back beam champions: Missy Marlowe in 1991-92 (she also won the floor title in 1992) and Summer Reid in 1996-97. Marsden’s other beam titlists are Theresa Kulikowski in 1999 and 2001, and Ashley Postell in 2007.
She has coached her “beamers” to 59 All-America awards, including four-time first-team beam All-Americans Kulikowski, Postell and Shannon Bowles. Her 2001 beam team made history when all six members won All-America honors and four qualified into individual finals.
Marsden has also assisted in 62 All-America performances on the floor exercise, among them NCAA champions Lisa Mitzel (1985) and Marlowe (1992), and NCAA runners-up Shelley Schaerrer and Marlowe (tied in 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).
She has also helped coach six Pac-12 individual champions in three years of Pac-12 membership, including all-around championships by Corrie Lothrop (2012) and Tory Wilson (2014), and four event titles by Georgia Dabritz. Wilson was the 2014 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and Dabritz the 2014 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year.
During her time in Salt Lake City, the Utes have placed in the nation’s top three 21 times, placing first 10 times, second seven times and third four times. Utah has advanced into the Super Six 18 times in the 22-year history of team finals.
Along with her regional and Pac-12 head coaching awards, Marsden was the 2005 National Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2005 and 2007, she was named the Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
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. In 1992, she and Greg Marsden were co-recipients of the prestigious Utah Young Alumni Association “Par Excellence Award.”
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,” Also in 1985, she was one of 10 former gymnasts chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in a study on motion sickness.
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. Montana is pursuing an MBA from Utah and Dakota is a student manager for the gymnastics team and a senior at the U.
In 2005, Marsden was voted the co-National Assistant Coach of the Year by her peers. In 2011 and 2012, she was named the NCAA North Central Region Head Coach of the Year, and she was the regional assistant coach of the year in 2005 and 2007.
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.
Her gymnastics background landed her an acting part in the 1985 movie “American Anthem,” in which she played gymnast Jo Ellen Carter. That same year, she was one of 10 former gymnasts chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in a study on motion sickness.
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. Dakota is a student manager for the gymnastics team.
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