Year at Utah: 10th/35th
Utah/Career Record: 201-72-3
2010-present: Utah Co-Head Coach
1997-2009: Utah Associate Head Coach
1985-1996: Utah Assistant Coach
NCAA Team Championships: 6
NCAA Individual Champions: 12
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
Bachelor's Degree in public relations
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Husband: Greg Marsden
Sons: Montana and Dakota
The 2019 season marks the 35th for Megan Marsden on the Utah coaching staff and her 10th as the co-head coach. Marsden, an NCAA all-around champion as a Ute gymnast, has participated in all of Utah's record-tying 10 national team titles as an athlete (four) or coach (six) while helping the Utes to 38 straight national championship appearances.
In her time at the school, the Utes have placed in the nation's top three 22 times and qualified into the Super Six 21 times. Utah is one of just two schools to qualify for both the first (1993) and last (2018) Super Six team final, winning two NCAA Championships in that era and finishing second five times, most recently in 2015.
The co-head coach since 2010, Marsden owns a 201-72-3 overall record, earning win No. 200 at the 2018 NCAA Championships. She is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2014, 2015) and two-time Regional Coach of the Year (2011, 2012). Before becoming a head coach, she was the 2005 National Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2005 and 2007 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
Including her years as an assistant or associate coach, Marsden's gymnasts have won 211 All-America awards.
With Marsden sharing the helm, Utah has won three of the seven Pac-12 Championships to date (2014, 2015 and 2017) and is the only program to finish in the top three at every Pac-12 Championship—finishing second twice and third once.
Marsden transitioned from competitor to coach in 1985 after leading Utah to four national championships from 1981-84 as a three-time NCAA champion and 12-time first-team All-American. She served 12 years as an assistant and 13 years as an associate coach before moving into a co-head role in 2010.
Utah's beam coach her entire career, Marsden's protégés have won seven NCAA beam titles. Utah is the only program in the nation that boasts two gymnasts with back-to-back NCAA beam titles: Missy Marlowe in 1991-92 and Summer Reid in 1996-97. Other NCAA beam champions under Marsden were Theresa Kulikowski in 1999 and 2001, and Ashley Postell in 2007.
Her "beamers" have won 67 All-America awards, including four-time beam first-team All-Americans Kulikowski, Postell and Shannon Bowles. Marsden's 2001 beam team made history when all six members won All-America honors and four qualified into individual finals.
Marsden has also assisted in 72 All-America performances on the floor exercise, among them NCAA champions Lisa Mitzel (1985), Marlowe (1992) and MyKayla Skinner (2017). She has coached four NCAA runners-up on floor: Shelley Schaerrer and Marlowe (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).
Utah has also won several of the top annual awards presented to Pac-12 gymnasts, among them Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year recipients Tory Wilson in 2014 and Georgia Dabritz in 2015. A Ute has won the Pac-12 all-around title at six of the seven championships, including five straight from 2014-17 (Wilson in 2014, Dabritz in 2015, Breanna Hughes in 2016 and two-time champion MyKayla Skinner in 2017 and 2018). Corrie Lothrop won Utah's first Pac-12 all-around title in 2012.
Utah's other Pac-12 award winners include three Scholar-Athletes of the Year (Stephanie McAllister in 2012, Dabritz in 2015 and Hughes in 2016), two Pac-12 Freshmen of the Year (Dabritz in 2012 and Sabrina Schwab in 2016) and two Pac-12 Specialists of the Year (Dabritz in 2014 and Kassandra Lopez in 2016).
On a national level, Dabritz won the AAI Award, which recognizes the nation's top senior gymnast, in 2015.
The program has also succeeded academically during Marsden's tenure. Utah finished among the top five gymnastics teams in the country in GPA from 2012-16, placing first in 2014 and second in 2015 and 2016. The 2018 Utes were No. 8 academically among the nation's gymnastics teams and first among those that qualified into the NCAA Championship. Three of her gymnasts have made the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team (Daria Bijak in 2010, Dabritz in 2015 and Hughes in 2016).
In addition to coaching, Marsden is involved with the team's nutrition education, community service, fund raising and recruiting.
During her undergraduate career as Megan McCunniff, she led Utah to four national titles from 1981-84 while winning the all-around title twice (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".
In 1996, Marsden became the first gymnast inducted into the school's Crimson Club Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
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