Year at Utah: 2nd/7th
Record at Utah: 19-7-1
Career Record: 90-55-1
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
Hometown: Dayton, Minn.
Birth Date: Mar. 28, 1974
Children: Ki (pronounced key)
In six years at Utah—including last season as the co-head coach—Tom Farden has been a vital cog in the program's six NCAA Championship appearances, 2015 NCAA runner-up finish and two Pac-12 championships. Farden, who owns a 19-7-1 record in one season as Utah's co-head coach, has a career record of 90-55-1 that includes six years at Southeast Missouri State.
In addition to his coaching duties, Farden oversees Utah's recruiting and training. Utah's bar coach his entire career at the school, he also assists on the other events.
In his first year at the helm, he helped produce three Pac-12 individual champions, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Specialist of the Year, two NCAA regional champions and nine All-Americans.
Some of Utah's biggest accolades since Farden's arrival in 2011 have come on his signature event, the uneven bars. Under Farden, Georgia Dabritz developed into one of the best bar workers in NCAA history. Dabritz, the 2015 NCAA bar champion and the 2013 NCAA bar runner-up, is the only gymnast ever to score a 10.0 on bars in both the NCAA semifinals and the Super Six. She placed first on bars all three days of the 2015 NCAA Championships. Dabritz also won Pac-12 titles on bars in 2012 and 2014. Corrie Lothrop was the 2015 Pac-12 uneven bar champion.
Kassandra Lopez, the 2016 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year, placed fourth at last April's NCAA Championships on bars and was one of three Utah All-Americans on the event (with Breanna Hughes and Sabrina Schwab). Hughes was the 2016 Pac-12 all-around and vault champion and Schwab was the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
On floor, Farden has helped four Utes qualify into the NCAA individual event finals and win first-team All-America honors (Dabritz, Nansy Damianova, Becky Tutka and Kari Lee). Kyndal Robarts (2012), Damianova (2013 and 2014) and Dabritz (2015) all won regional floor championships. Other regional champions under Farden include Dabritz on bars in 2012 and 2013, Hughes in the all-around in 2016 and Kailah Delaney on vault in 2016.
As an assistant or head Utah coach, Farden is credited for contributing to 35 All-America performances, nine individual regional championships and 10 individual Pac-12 titles.
The program has also performed well in the classroom. Utah has placed in the top five in the country in gymnastics team GPA for the past five years, including first place in 2014 and second place in 2015 and 2016. Three Ute gymnasts have been named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year during that time (Stephanie McAllister in 2012, Dabritz in 2015 and Hughes in 2016). Hughes and Delaney were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2016.
A veteran NCAA and club-level coach, Farden began his coaching 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 five 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 11 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, running, canoeing and walking on his hands.
|Year||Overall Record||Regular Season Record||Pac-12 Championship||Regional Championship||NCAA Championship|
|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|
|Overall Record||Southeast Missouri State||71-48|
|Overall Record||Utah (7 years)||90-55-1|