Year at Utah: 4th/9th
Record at Utah: 69-25-1 (3 years)
Career Record: 140-73-1 (9 years)
2016-present: 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.
Since stepping in as Utah's co-head coach in 2016, Tom Farden has helped keep the legendary gymnastics program securely positioned in the nation's elite. Now in his fourth season sharing the helm with longtime coach Megan Marsden, Farden has earned a national reputation as a tireless recruiter and advocate for the sport.
In his first three years, the Utes have tallied a 69-25-1 record, qualified into nationals every year—reaching the Super Six twice—won three regional titles and the 2017 Pac-12 Championship. MyKayla Skinner, a Farden recruit off the USA National Team, has won two NCAA individual titles and back-to-back regional and Pac-12 all-around titles in her first two seasons.
Before his ascension to co-head coach, Farden served five years as a Ute assistant from 2011-15. During that time, he played a key role in five straight Utah NCAA Championship appearances, including a second-place national finish in 2015, and Pac-12 Championships in 2014 and 2015. Farden produced his first NCAA individual champion in 2015 when Georgia Dabritz won the NCAA bar title while becoming the only gymnast in history to score a 10.0 on bars in both the NCAA semifinals and the Super Six.
Along with three NCAA individual titlists, Farden has coached 14 NCAA regional champions, 13 Pac-12 champions and 66 All-America performances. 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 Gymnast of the Week awards (12), single-season Gymnast of the Week awards (7) and Freshman of the Week awards (6).
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 placed 11th at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
While Farden's signature event throughout his coaching career is the uneven bars, he has been involved in Utah's floor exercise routines since joining the staff—and as the co-head coach—makes the final lineup and coaching decisions on all four events. Including his time as a Ute assistant coach, when Utes won 13 All-America honors on bars and 13 on floor, Farden has coached 66 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. Two Utes made the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America team under Farden (Breanna Hughes and Kailah Delaney).
Farden began his 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.
In 2007 with Farden as SEMO's head coach, the Redhawks recorded their most wins 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 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 (3 years)||69-25-1|
|Totals||Career (9 years)||140-73-1|