Longtime Utah gymnastics coach Megan Marsden retires after 35 years (USA)
The end of an era.
That is the only way to describe the news that came out of the University of Utah Monday afternoon.
After 35 seasons as either an assistant or co-head coach of the Utah gymnastics team, not to mention her four years as a standout gymnast herself, Megan Marsden is stepping away from the sport.
“I cannot express how lucky I have been to spend all these years at the University of Utah, competing alongside and coaching so many talented, strong, smart, amazing young women,” Marsden said in a press release announcing her retirement. “To participate in multiple national championships as both an athlete and a coach at your alma mater is a thrill few people get to experience. But certainly the best part of my time here is the wonderful family of women we brought together at Utah and who will always be in my life.”
Marsden starred on four national championship teams at the U., from 1981-84, and became the most decorated college gymnast of the era in the process. As Megan McCunniff, she won three individual NCAA titles (two all-around, one vault) and earned 12 first-team All-America awards.
That was enough to earn her the 1984 Broderick Award, which recognized her as the country’s top collegiate woman gymnast. In 1996, Marsden became the first gymnast inducted into the Utah athletics department’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame, and in 2003 she was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
Marsden graduated from the U. in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, after which she assumed a position on the Utah coaching staff, as an assistant to head coach Greg Marsden, before later earning promotions to associate (1997) and co-head (2010) coach.
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