Damianova, Dabritz and Wilson qualify for event finals.
Utes are making record 38th-straight appearance at nationals.
Utes lose lead, meet, on final event
Georgia Dabritz scores 10.0 on bars
Tory Wilson stays undefeated on vault
Year at Utah: 40th
Utah/Career Record: 1,018-205-7
Central Arkansas, 1972
Arkansas State, 1973
National Championship Appearances: 39
NCAA Championships Appearances: 33
National Championships: 10
NCAA Championships: 9
Top-2 National Finishes: 18
Super Six Appearances: 18 (of 22)
NCAA Event Champions: 24
Coach of the Year Honors: 7
Hometown: Clarksville, Ark.
Birthdate: Nov. 8, 1950
Children: Montana, Dakota
Utah gymnastics coach Greg Marsden, who became the sport's first 1,000-win coach last February, enters his 40th season with a 1,018-205-7 record and the longest string of national championships appearances in the history of college gymnastics. Every one of his teams in 39 years as Utah's head coach has qualified into the national championships, where they have won a record-tying 10 team titles and have advanced to the Super Six 18 times.
Marsden's teams have placed in the top five in the country 28 times, in the top three 22 times and in the top two 18 times. Utah gymnasts have won 24 individual national championships and 350 All-America awards. In 1992, Utah's Missy Marlowe became the first gymnast to win the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation's top female collegiate athlete.
Marsden has been honored as the National Coach of the Year seven times and the NCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year once. He and co-head coach Megan Marsden were named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading Utah to the school's first Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship. Utah gymnasts have captured six Pac-12 individual titles in their first three years of Pac-12 membership, including all-around championships by Corrie Lothrop (2012) and Tory Wilson (2014), and four event titles by Georgia Dabritz.
Utah's first national title was the 1981 AIAW Championship. A year later, when the NCAA began sponsoring women's sports, the Utes kept winning--winning five NCAA championships in a row before placing second in 1987. Utah achieved similar success in the 1990s, winning NCAA Championships in 1990, '92, '94 and '95. The new millennium has seen Utah place second in the nation four times--in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Marsden's teams also perform well in the classroom. The 2014 Utes had the best cumulative grade point average of any gymnastics team in the nation, a 3.7827. Marsden has coached eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in his career, among them first-team selections Theresa Kulikowski (2002 and 2003), Shannon Bowles (2002), Kristina Baskett (2009) and Daria Bijak (2010). Kulikowski was the 2003 Academic All-American of the Year for all NCAA sports (the only gymnast ever to win the highest academic award in college sports). Marsden has also coached second-team Academic All-Americans Kristen Kenoyer (1993), Molly Northrop (1998) and Baskett (2008), and third-team selections Melissa Vituj (2004) and Hailee Hansen (2013, 2014).
Utah's only head coach for his first 35 seasons, Greg Marsden has shared the title since 2010 with his wife and former longtime assistant/associate coach Megan Marsden. Together, they have established a gymnastics dynasty that has attracted a fan base rivaling that of any indoor college men's or women's sport. In the past six years, the Ute gymnasts have averaged more than 14,000 fans at their home meets and their attendance average for meets over the past 25 years exceeds 11,000. The Utes have won 30 national gymnastics attendance titles and led all NCAA women's teams in attendance four times (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014).
The Utes also own gymnastics records for the largest crowd to watch a gymnastics meet (15,558), NCAA Regional attendance (8,469) and NCAA Championships attendance (36,655, three-day total). Little wonder fans flock to Utah's meets. The Ute gymnastics program set an NCAA record across all sports (men and women) by going 24 years without losing a regular season home meet from 1979-2002. Utah's all-time home record of 427-26 has come primarily against the country's best teams.
Marsden has lent his gymnastics expertise to outside entities as well, serving five years on the NCAA gymnastics committee, spending a two-year term as president of the college gymnastics coaching association, and acting as the NCAA Division I representative for the NACGC/W.
He also has international coaching experience and was the 1987 United States National Women's Program Administrator and U.S.A. National Women's Team coach. As the National Team coach, Marsden led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games. The World Championships team he coached finished sixth.
He was a floor manager at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the transportation coordinator at the 1979 World Championships. He brought the 1979 USGF World Championship Trials, the 1980 and '82 USGF Championships of the USA, and the 1993 World University Games Trials to Salt Lake City. In 1988, he was on the organizing committee for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, also held in Salt Lake City.
He was the 1992 TV Guide/Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Sportsman of the Year and the 1992 Utah MS Sports Person of the Year. In 1986, he won the Dale Rex Award, which recognizes annually "The Utahn Contributing the Most to Athletics."
Marsden, a native of Clarksville, Ark., received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Central Arkansas (1972) and Arkansas State (1973), respectively. He is married to the former Megan McCunniff, a two-time NCAA all-around champion who led Utah to four national titles. She has coached alongside him for the past 30 years and is in her sixth year as the co-head coach. They have two sons, Montana and Dakota. Montana is pursuing his MBA from Utah and Dakota is a student manager for the gymnastics team and a senior at the U.
Year Overall Regular Season Conference Regional National Record Record Championship Championship Championship
1976 25-13 5-3 2nd 10th 1977 24-11-1 10-2-1 2nd 9th 1978 24-11 11-5 2nd 6th 1979 32-9 14-6 1st 4th 1980 49-2 28-1 1st 2nd 1981 45-2 27-2 1st 1st 1982 22-3 11-2 2nd 1st 1983 34-3 20-2 2nd 1st 1984 31-2 17-2 1st 1st 1985 27-1 13-1 1st 1st 1986 27-1 10-1 1st 1st 1st 1987 29-4 11-2 1st 2nd 2nd 1988 32-4 13-3 1st 1st 2nd 1989 28-6 10-2 1st 1st 5th 1990 35-1 13-1 1st 1st 1st 1991 29-2 9-1 1st 1st 2nd 1992 33-1 12-1 1st 1st 1st 1993 31-2 13-0 1st 1st 3rd 1994 28-2 13-1 1st 1st 1995 30-3 16-1 1st 1st 1996 22-4-1 10-1 1st 3rd (tie) 1997 19-3-1 11-1 1st 7th 1998 18-8 7-3 1st 4th 1999 18-5 12-1 2nd 7th 2000 23-6 10-4 1st 2nd 2001 22-6-2 13-1-1 1st 5th (tie) 2002 21-5 9-2 1st 4th 2003 16-11 7-5 1st 6th 2004 21-8 13-1 1st 6th 2005 25-4 12-2 1st 3rd 2006 22-6 11-2 2nd 2nd 2007 27-4 13-3 1st 2nd 2008 25-3 12-1 1st 2nd 2009 22-5-1 12-1 1st 3rd 2010 19-10 11-3 2nd 6th 2011 16-10 8-3 2nd 5th 2012 23-9 7-3 2nd 1st 5th 2013 20-9-1 10-2-1 3rd 2nd 9th 2014 24-6 10-3 1st 1st 7th Totals 1,018-205-7 474-81-3
High Country Athletic Conference (1986-1990)
Western Athletic Conference (1991-93)
Pac-12 Conference (2012-present)