Year at Utah: 3rd/8th
Record at Utah: 45-15-1 (2 years)
Career Record: 116-63-1 (8 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: 2
Hometown: Dayton, Minn.
In two seasons as Utah's co-head coach, preceded five years as an assistant, Tom Farden has played a crucial role in the program's seven NCAA Championship appearances, four Super Six finishes and three Pac-12 Championships since 2011. He has a 45-15-1 record at Utah and his career head coaching record of 116-63-1 includes a 71-48 mark in six seasons at Southeast Missouri State.
Utah's lead recruiter throughout his tenure, Farden has coached two NCAA individual champions, 11 Pac-12 titlists and the recipients of 51 All-America awards. As the assistant coach over the uneven bars, he tutored Georgia Dabritz to the 2015 NCAA title and she became the only gymnast in history to score a 10.0 on bars during both the NCAA semifinals and the Super Six. She was the NCAA bar runner-up in 2013. Farden mentored another national champion last season in MyKayla Skinner, who became Utah's first NCAA floor exercise champion since 1992. Skinner was the 2017 NCAA all-around runner-up.
Utah has qualified into the NCAA Championships both seasons Farden as its co-head coach—making the Super Six in 2017 and placing fifth in the nation. The Utes won the 2017 Pac-12 Championship and the 2016 and 2017 NCAA regional titles. Utah has boasted the Pac-12 and NCAA regional all-around champion in back-to-back seasons (Breanna Hughes in 2016 and Skinner in 2017), while collecting eight Pac-12 and six NCAA regional individual titles. In 2016, Utah won Pac-12 awards for Freshman of the Year (Sabrina Schwab) and Specialist of the Year (Kassandra Lopez).
As a freshman in 2017, Skinner not only won the NCAA floor championship and recorded four total top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, she set records for the most Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week awards (7), Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards (6) and all-around wins in a season by a Ute (12).
While Farden's signature event has been the uneven bars, he has also played a key role in coaching the floor exercise all seven years on the staff. As an assistant from 2011-15, Utah won 26 All-America awards on bars and floor (13 on each). As a head coach, he has added 25 All-Americans on the four events and all-around combined, accounting for 51 NCAA and regular season All-America performances under his watch.
The program has also excelled in the classroom and ranked second among the country's gymnastics teams in GPA in 2016. Also in his first season as co-head coach, two Utes were named to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America teams (Hughes and Kailah Delaney).
A veteran NCAA and club-level coach, Farden began his career at age 18 when he opened the Spectrum Training Center in his home state of Minnesota immediately after graduating from high school. He would coach club gymnastics for seven years before accepting an assistant position at Southeast Missouri State in 1999. After four years as a SEMO assistant, he was elevated to head coach in 2004—compiling a 71-48 record in six seasons and taking his team to regionals twice. He was named the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year and was a four-time conference coach of the year.
In 2007, the Redhawks recorded their most wins in a decade, finishing 17-9 overall. In 2008, SEMO 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).
After 10 seasons at SEMO, Farden went to Arkansas as an assistant coach in 2010. In his only season before leaving for Utah, the Razorbacks placed 11th at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Farden has contributed to his sport on an administrative level as well, serving on the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) since 2006. In addition, 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||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 (2 years)||45-15-1|