Year at Utah: 7th/32nd
Utah/Career Record: 132-47-2
2010-present: Utah Co-Head Coach
1997-2009: Utah Associate Head Coach
1985-1996: Utah Assistant Coach
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 32nd year on the Utah coaching staff and her seventh as the co-head coach. As a gymnast or coach, Marsden has participated in all of Utah's record-tying 10 national championships and 35 of its record 40 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 23-year history of team finals.
Since becoming the co-head coach in 2010, she has compiled a 132-47-2 overall record and has twice been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2014, 2015). She is also a two-time NCAA Region Head Coach of the Year (2011, 2012). Utah won back-to-back Pac-12 championships in 2014 and 2015 and was the 2015 NCAA runner-up.
Along with her Pac-12 and regional 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.
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. Leading up to her appointment as the co-head coach, she spent 12 years as an assistant and 13 years as the associate coach.
Including her years as an assistant/associate coach, Marsden has helped Utah gymnasts earn 171 All-America awards, including 125 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 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 60 All-America awards, including four-time beam first-team 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 65 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 (who tied for second 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).
In four 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 three all-around champions (Corrie Lothrop in 2012, Wilson in 2014 and Dabritz in 2015). Her gymnasts have also won several other major Pac-12 awards since 2012, including two Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes (Stephanie McAllister in 2012 and Dabritz in 2015). Dabritz was also the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, the 2014 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year and the 2015 AAI Award winner as the nation's best senior gymnast.
The Ute gymnasts have also succeeded academically during Marsden's tenure. The 2014 Utes, led by third-team CoSIDA third-team Academic All-American Hailee Hansen, had the best cumulative grade point average of any gymnastics team in the country—a 3.7827. Twice during Marsden's time as the co-head coach, the Utah gymnastics team has been publicly recognized by the NCAA for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all gymnastics teams in the country (in 2011-12 and 2013-14). In the most recent NCAA report, the Ute gymnasts placed first in the Pac-12 with a perfect multi-year APR of 1000.
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 former Utah gymnastics coach 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. Greg coached the Ute gymnastics team for 40 years before retiring after the 2015 NCAA Championships. Montana is pursuing an MBA from Utah and Dakota is the director of player personnel for the Utah gymnastics team.
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