Year at Utah: 5th/10th
Record at Utah: 90-33-1 (4 years)
Career Record: 161-81-1 (10 years)
2020: Utah Head Coach
2016-2019: Utah Co-Head Coach
2011-2015: Utah Assistant Coach
2010: Arkansas Assistant Coach
2004-2009: Southeast Missouri State Head Coach
1999-2003: Southeast Missouri State Assistant Coach
1996-1999: TAGS Gymnastics Coach
1992-1996: Spectrum Training Center Owner/Coach
Southeast Missouri State, 2004
Bachelor's Degree in outdoor recreation
NCAA Region Coach of the Year: 2008
Conference Coach of the Year: 2006, '07, '08, '09
NCAA Champions: 3
Hometown: Dayton, Minn.
Tom Farden assumed sole leadership of the Utah gymnastics program in April 2019 after serving as the co-head coach since 2016. Farden has managed Utah’s overall program for the past four years, including training, recruiting, staff hires and oversight. He also coached the uneven bars and tumbling. He was no novice to head coaching when he became Utah’s co-head coach in 2016, having spent six years as the head coach at Southeast Missouri State, where he was the 2008 NCAA Region Coach of the Year. He is now in his 10th year at Utah, having served as an assistant coach his first five years.
With Farden sharing the program’s reins with Megan Marsden (who retired in April after 35 years), Utah qualified into the NCAA Championships all four years and reached the Super Six team final twice. The Utes also won three regional titles and the 2017 Pac-12 Championship. MyKayla Skinner, a Farden recruit off the USA National Team, won two NCAA individual championships, along with eight regional and seven Pac-12 titles during that time.
As a Utah assistant from 2011-15, Farden played a key role in five NCAA Championship appearances, including a second-place national finish in 2015, and Pac-12 Championships in 2014 and 2015. Farden’s first NCAA champion came in his final season as an assistant when Georgia Dabritz won the 2015 NCAA bar title and became the only gymnast in history to score a 10.0 on bars in both the NCAA semifinals and the Super Six.
Along with NCAA individual champions Skinner and Dabritz, Farden’s gymnasts have won 16 NCAA regional titles, 15 Pac-12 championships and 77 All-America honors. He has also coached three NCAA runner-up performances, with Dabritz placing second on bars at the 2013 NCAA Championship and Skinner finishing as the nation’s all-around runner-up in 2017 and 2018.
Award winners under Farden include 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Sabrina Schwab and 2016 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year Kassandra Lopez. Skinner owns conference records for career all-conference awards (16), career Gymnast of the Week awards (16), single-season Gymnast of the Week awards (7, tie) and Freshman of the Week awards (6).
While Farden’s signature event throughout his coaching career is the uneven bars, he has been involved in coaching and lineup decisions on all four events at Utah. Including his time as a Ute assistant coach, when Utes won 13 All-America honors on bars and 13 on floor, Farden has coached 77 All-America individual event and all-around performances (NCAA and regular season).
The program has also excelled in the classroom, ranking second among the country’s gymnastics teams in GPA in 2016 and eighth last year. Utah was a recipient of the NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2017-18 for placing in the top 10 percent of all gymnastics teams in the Academic Progress Rate report. Farden has coached two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (Breanna Hughes and Kailah Delaney) and Shannon McNatt won an NCAA Elite 90 award in 2019 for accumulating the highest GPA of a team member participating at the site of the NCAA final.
Farden’s NCAA coaching experience prior to coming to Utah included 10 seasons at Southeast Missouri State from 2000-09—the last six as head coach—and one season as an assistant coach at Arkansas in 2010. He compiled a 71-48 record as SEMO’s head coach and was the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year and a four-time conference coach of the year. In his year as an Arkansas assistant, the Razorbacks qualified into the 2010 NCAA Championships.
In 2007 with Farden as SEMO’s head coach, the Redhawks won their most meets in a decade, finishing 17-9 overall. In 2008, they climbed as high as No. 22 in the national polls and took fifth place at the NCAA Regionals. In his final season at SEMO in 2009, the Redhawks won the Midwest Independent Conference championship and finished with a 14-3 record.
His SEMO teams won national academic championships in his last three seasons and his gymnasts earned 70 total scholastic All-America citations. He also spearheaded the fundraising for two major gymnastics renovation projects (the locker room and practice facility) before leaving for Arkansas.
Farden began his coaching career at age 18 when he opened the Spectrum Training Center in his home state of Minnesota immediately upon graduating from high school. He would coach club gymnastics for seven years before moving into an assistant position at Southeast Missouri State.
Farden has contributed to his sport on an administrative level, serving on the Ethics Committee of the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (formerly National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women) since 2006. He was on the Minnesota USA Gymnastics State Board from 1995-99.
A native of Dayton, Minn., Farden earned his bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation from SEMO in 2004. Farden and his wife, the former Christina Faulkner, have a son Ki (pronounced key). In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming, biking, cross country skiing, kayaking and camping.
|Year||School||Overall Record||Regular Season||Pac-12 Championship||Regional Championship||NCAA Championship|
|2004||Southeast Missouri State||15-7|
|2005||Southeast Missouri State||6-11|
|2006||Southeast Missouri State||10-11|
|2007||Southeast Missouri State||17-9|
|2008||Southeast Missouri State||9-7|
|2009||Southeast Missouri State||14-3|
|Totals||Southeast Missouri State (6 years)||71-48|
|Totals||Utah (4 years)||90-33-1|
|Totals||Career (10 years)||161-81-1|