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: 39th
Utah/Career Record: 994-199-7
Central Arkansas, 1972
Arkansas State, 1973
National Championship Appearances: 38
NCAA Championships Appearances: 32
National Championships: 10
NCAA Championships: 9
Top-2 National Finishes: 18
Super Six Appearances: 18 (of 21)
NCAA Event Champions: 24
Coach of the Year Honors: 7
Hometown: Clarksville, Ark.
Birthdate: Nov. 8, 1950
Children: Montana, Dakota
Utah's Greg Marsden, already the winningest coach in college gymnastics history, should reach another milestone this season by becoming the sport's only 1,000-win coach. With a 994-199-7 record in 38 years at Utah, Marsden starts the season needing just six victories to add to his lengthy list of "firsts."
Under the legendary coach, Utah has won a record-tying 10 team championships, qualified for an unprecedented 38-straight national championships, is the only school to qualify for all 32 NCAA Championships, has the most All-Americans (336) and is tied for second in Super Six appearances (18). Utah gymnasts have won 24 individual national titles.
His 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. In each category, Utah is first or tied for first in the nation.
On a conference level, the gymnastics team has earned the best Pac-12 finish of any Utah team in both seasons to date as members of the "Conference of Champions," placing second in 2012 and third in 2013. Marsden's gymnasts also captured the school's first Pac-12 individual titles (Corrie Lothrop in the all-around and Georgia Dabritz on bars).
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 following rivaling that of any indoor college men's or women's sport. In the past five years, the Ute gymnasts have averaged over 14,000 fans a home meet, and their 20-year attendance average exceeds 10,000. The Utes have won 29 national gymnastics attendance titles. Utah gymnastics is the only sport other than basketball to win an NCAA women's season attendance title and it has done so three times (2010, 2011 and 2013).
The Utes also own gymnastics records for the largest crowd to watch a 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 from 1979-2002 without losing a regular season home meet. Utah's all-time home record of 419-26 has come primarily against the country's best teams.
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--capturing 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 been silver plated: Utah finished second in the nation in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Utah has qualified into the Super Six 18 times in the format's 21-year history, including 13 of the last 14 years.
Along with Utah's 336 All-America awards, Marsden's gymnasts have won 24 individual event championships while claiming NCAA titles on every apparatus and in the all-around.
Former Ute Missy Marlowe was the first gymnast to win the coveted Honda Broderick Cup, which recognizes the nation's top female collegiate athlete. Marlowe won the honor in 1992 after winning four NCAA individual championships and leading Utah to the NCAA title.
His teams also perform well in the classroom. Marsden has coached nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 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 top academic award in college sports). Marsden has also coached four second-team Academic All-Americans in Kristen Kenoyer (1993), Molly Northrop (1998) and Baskett (2008), and two third-team selections in Melissa Vituj (2004) and Hailee Hansen (2013).
Marsden's many coaching honors include a record seven National Coach of the Year citations. In 2005, he was voted the NCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year. He was the 1992 TV Guide/Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Sportsman of the Year and the 1992 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 served five years on the NCAA gymnastics committee, was president of the college gymnastics coaching association for two years, and was 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.
Marsden, a native of Clarksville, Ark., was born Nov. 8, 1950. He 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. Megan has coached alongside him for the past 29 years and is in her fifth year as the co-head coach. They have two sons, Montana and Dakota. Dakota is a student manager for the gymnastics team.
Year Record Pac-12 Regionals Nationals1976 5-3 2nd 10th 1977 10-2-1 2nd 9th 1978 11-5 2nd 6th 1979 14-5 1st 4th 1980 28-1 1st 2nd 1981 26-2 1st 1st 1982 11-2 2nd 1st 1983 20-2 2nd 1st 1984 17-2 1st 1st 1985 13-1 1st 1st 1986 13-1 1st 1st 1987 14-2 2nd 2nd 1988 16-3 1st 2nd 1989 15-2 1st 5th 1990 18-1 1st 1st 1991 13-1 1st 2nd 1992 16-1 1st 1st 1993 17-0 1st 3rd 1994 13-1 1st 1st 1995 16-1 1st 1st 1996 10-1 1st 3rd (tie) 1997 11-1 1st 7th 1998 7-3 1st 4th 1999 12-1 2nd 7th 2000 10-4 1st 2nd 2001 13-1-1 1st 5th (tie) 2002 9-2 1st 4th 2003 7-5 1st 6th 2004 13-1 1st 6th 2005 12-2 1st 3rd 2006 11-2 2nd 2nd 2007 13-3 1st 2nd 2008 12-1 1st 2nd 2009 12-1 1st 3rd 2010 11-3 2nd 6th 2011 8-3 2nd 5th 2012 7-3 2nd 1st 5th 2013 10-2-1 3rd 2nd 9th
Total (regular season) 464-78-3
Total with Postseason 994-199-7 (includes conference, regional and national championships)