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
Utah Gymnastics Coach, 1976-2015 (40 years)
Utah/Career Record: 1,048-208-8*
National Championship Appearances: 40*
NCAA Championship Appearances: 34*
National Championships: 10*
Top-5 National Finishes: 30*
Top-3 National Finishes: 23*
Top-2 National Finishes: 19*
Super Six Appearances: 19
NCAA Event Champions: 25
National Coach of the Year: 7
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: 2
Pac-12 Team Championships: 2
Pac-12 Individual Championships: 10
*National record at the time of his retirement
Greg Marsden, Utah’s gymnastics coach for the first 40 years of the program’s existence, retired on Apr. 20, 2015 as the winningest gymnastics coach in NCAA history. Marsden, hired as a Utah graduate assistant in the 1975-76 season, would go on to become the sport’s first 1,000-win coach—winning 83-percent of his competitions and amassing a 1,048-208-8 career record. His teams won a record-tying 10 national championships and narrowly missed out on another title in his final season, when the Utes finished second at the 2015 NCAA Championships—a mere five hundredths of a point out of first.
All 40 of Marsden’s teams qualified for the national championships, including the 34 NCAA sanctioned championships from 1982-2015. They were accomplishments achieved by no other gymnastics program or coach. Other national bests for Marsden and his teams included number of finishes in the top five (30), top three (23) and top two (19).
It took just six years for Marsden to win his first national title—the 1981 AIAW Championship. Utah would win six-straight national titles—including the first five NCAA Championships from 1982-86—before placing second in 1987. The Utes tacked on four more NCAA team titles in the 1990s (1990, 1992, 1994 and 1995). From 2000-15, Utah captured five runner-up finishes (2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015) and two bronze medals (2005, 2009). In addition, Utah qualified for 19 of the 23 NCAA Super Six team finals held from 1993-2015.
Marsden was recognized for his accomplishments as a seven-time National Coach of the Year and two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Utah gymnasts earned a record 367 All-America awards during Marsden’s tenure and won 25 individual national titles. In 1992, Utah’s Missy Marlowe became the first gymnast ever to win the Honda Broderick Cup as the nation’s best female collegiate athlete. Marlowe was one of four Utes to win the AAI Award as the nation’s top senior gymnast, along with Theresa Kulikowski (2003), Ashley Postell (2008) and Georgia Dabritz (2015).
In his four seasons in the Pac-12, Marsden’s gymnasts won two team titles (2014, 2015) and 10 individual titles, including three all-around championships. He produced two Pac-12 Gymnasts of the Year: Tory Wilson in 2014 and Dabritz in 2015.
Marsden’s teams also performed well in the classroom. The 2014 Utes had the best cumulative grade point average of any gymnastics team in the nation, a 3.7827. He coached 10 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in his career, among them first-team selections Shannon Bowles (2002), Kulikowski (2002 and 2003), Kristina Baskett (2009), Daria Bijak (2010) and Dabritz (2015). Kulikowski was the 2003 Academic All-American of the Year for all NCAA sports and the only gymnast ever to win the highest academic award in college sports.
Marsden’s legacy extended into the stands, where his home meets were among the best attended of all NCAA indoor sports—men’s and women’s. Utah gymnastics won five all-sports women’s attendance crowns (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and 31 gymnastics attendance titles. In his final season in 2015, the Utes routinely filled the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center, averaging 14,950 to their regular season home meets and drawing an NCAA single-meet attendance record of 16,019 for the annual Senior Night. Marsden’s success in attracting fans began early in his career, as the Ute gymnasts began averaging five-figure crowds in the early 1990s. There were 36 crowds in excess of 14,000 during Marsden’s coaching career and 13 meets drew standing room crowds of 15,000-plus.
Utah also set every national attendance record for postseason events, among them the NCAA Championships (36,655, three-day total), NCAA Regionals (8,469) and Pac-12 Championships (23,568, two-session total; 14,402, single session).
Marsden’s teams rarely lost in the Huntsman Center—once setting an NCAA record across all sports (men and women) by going 24 years from 1979-2002 without losing a regular season home meet. His career home record of 440-26 was achieved against some of the country’s best teams.
Outside the gym, Marsden served on the NCAA gymnastics committee for five years. He was the president of the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) for a two-year term, during which time he served as the association’s NCAA Division I representative.
He had international coaching experience, as well, as the 1987 United States National Women’s Program Administrator and U.S.A. National Women’s Team coach. He coached the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games and his World Championships’ team 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 that were held in Salt Lake City.
Marsden’s honors included the 1986 Dale Rex Award, naming him as “The Utahn Contributing the Most to Athletics,” and recognition as the 1992 TV Guide/Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Sportsman of the Year and 1992 Utah MS Sports Person of the Year.
The native of Clarksville, Ark., was born on 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 from 1981-84 before joining him on the coaching staff in 1985. They became co-head coaches in 2010, a position that Megan still holds. They have two sons, Montana and Dakota.
High Country Athletic Conference (1986-1990)
Western Athletic Conference (1991-93)
Pac-12 Conference (2012-present)