Career night by Breanna Hughes leads the way
Year at Utah: 1st/6th
Record at Utah: 0-0
Career Record: 70-46
2016: Utah Co-Head Coach
2011-2015: Utah Assistant Coach
2010: Arkansas Assistant Coach
2004-2009: Southeast Missouri State, Head Coach
1999-2003: Southeast Missouri State, Ass't. Coach
1996-1999: TAGS Gymnastics, Coach
1992-1996: Spectrum Training Center, Owner/Coach
Southeast Missouri State, 2004
NCAA Region Coach of the Year: 2008
Conference Coach of the Year: 2006, '07, '08, '09
Hometown: Dayton, Minn.
Birth Date: Mar. 28, 1974
Children: Ki (pronounced key)
On April 20, 2015, one day after he celebrated his first NCAA individual champion, Tom Farden was promoted to co-head coach at Utah, joining Megan Marsden at the helm. Farden, Utah's assistant coach for the previous five years, brings six years of head coaching experience into his new role at the U. He was the head coach at Southeast Missouri State from 2004-09, where he compiled a 70-46 record and was the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year and a four-time conference coach of the year.
Farden will continue to coach the uneven bars, his primary event since coming to Utah, and will also take over as the lead vault coach. Utah had the best score on bars of any team in the 2015 Super Six, which mirrored its final No. 1 regular season national ranking on the event.
Farden coached one of the best bar workers in NCAA history--Georgia Dabritz--throughout her Utah career. Dabritz, the 2015 NCAA bar champion, became the only gymnast ever to score a 10.0 on bars in both the NCAA semifinals and the Super Six. In a clean sweep, she finished first on bars all three nights of the 2015 NCAA Championships. Dabritz was the NCAA runner-up on bars in 2013.
Farden has coached five bar All-Americans at Utah: Dabritz, Nansy Damianova, Corrie Lothrop, Kassandra Lopez and Hailee Hansen. He also has two Pac-12 uneven bar champions to his credit (Dabritz in 2012 and 2014, and Lothrop in 2015), as well as a three-time NCAA Regional bar champ (Dabritz in 2012, 2013 and 2015).
Farden has also played a big role coaching the floor exercise, where he has seen four Utes qualify for NCAA Individual Event finals (Dabritz, Damianova, Becky Tutka and Kari Lee). They were all first-team All-Americans. He has coached three regional floor champions, with Kyndal Robarts claiming the title 2012, Damianoava in 2013 and 2014, and Dabritz in 2015.
In his first five seasons at Utah, the bar and floor lineups have produced 26 All-America awards (regular season and NCAA), an NCAA champion, nine routines in the NCAA individual event finals, seven regional champions and six Pac-12 individual titles.
Farden draws from 18 years of NCAA coaching experience and another nine years as a club coach. Following a five-year stint as a Southeast Missouri State assistant, he was elevated to head coach. In six seasons as the SEMO head coach, he was a four-time Midwest Independent Conference Coach of the Year (2006-09) and the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year.
Farden compiled a 70-46 record as Southeast Missouri State's head coach from 2004-09, guided the Redhawks to NCAA Regional appearances in 2006 and 2008, and coached 14 individual regional qualifiers. In 2008, SEMO climbed as high as No. 22 in the national polls. The Redhawks recorded their most wins in more than a decade that season, finishing 17-9 overall. In 2009, Farden directed SEMO to a 14-3 record and the MIC championship.
His SEMO teams won national academic championships in his last three seasons and his gymnasts earned 70 total scholastic All-America citations. He also fundraised $250,000 for two major gymnastics renovation projects (the locker room and practice facility).
After 11 seasons at SEMO, Farden went to Arkansas as an assistant coach in 2010. In his only season before leaving for Utah, the Razorbacks placed 11th at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
He began his gymnastics coaching career at the club level in his home state of Minnesota. From 1992-96, he was the owner/coach of Spectrum Training Center in Anoka, Minn., and from 1996-99, he worked as the team coach for TAGS Gymnastics in Minneapolis.
Farden has contributed to his sport on an administrative level as well, serving on the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) since 2006. In addition, he was on the Minnesota USA Gymnastics State Board from 1995-99.
A native of Dayton, Minn., Farden earned his bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation from SEMO in 2004. Farden and his wife, the former Christina Faulkner, have a son Ki (pronounced key).