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Mary Wright

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Volunteer Assistant Coach

9th Year

Coaching Synopsis
Year at Utah: 9th
2004-present: Utah
1994-present: Olympus School of Gymnastics
1990-93: Rocky Mountain Gymnastics
1982-92: U.S. National Team
1978-88: SCATS
1975-78: KIPS

St. Philomenas College
St. Dominics College
(Social Sciences)

10 Olympians
USA Choreographer of the Year (1981, 1982, 1987, 1990)
USA Coach of the Year (1975)
Utah Coach of the Year (1998)

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand

Internationally-renowned coach and choreographer Mary Wright is in her ninth year as a volunteer coach at Utah.

One of the most respected choreographers in the sport, Wright oversees the creative aspect of Utah's floor routines.

The Utes have certainly shown the "Wright" stuff--earning 12 All-America honors on the floor exercise in the past eight years. Her All-Americans include Ashley Postell, who won first-team All-America honors on the floor all four years of her career.

Wright can share in the credit for a pair of NCAA bronze medalists--Postell in 2007 and Melissa Vituj in 2004. Other floor exercise All-Americans during Wright's time are Gritt Hofmann, Annabeth Eberle, Kristina Baskett , Beth Rizzo, Daria Bijak and Annie DiLuzio.

Wright has influenced the floor routines of six NCAA regional floor exercise champions: Hofmann, Eberle, Postell, Baskett, DiLuzio and current Ute Nansy Damianova.

A four-time USA Choreographer of the Year (1981, 1982, 1987, 1990), Wright was named the USA Coach of the Year in 1975. She is the owner and head coach of Olympus School of Gymnastics in Salt Lake City, where she has lived since 1989. She was named Utah Coach of the Year in 1998.

The New Zealand native has influenced numerous national and international gymnasts from her own country and the United States over the past three decades. A member of the U.S. National Team coaching staff from 1982-92 and a National Team consultant from 1980-88, Wright has coached 10 Olympians, 19 National Team members and 17 World Championship competitors.

She also coached three Pan American Games gold medalists, four USA international elite champions on floor and three international elite champions on beam. She chaired the Elite Coaches Association from 1990-91.

Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Wright coached at two prestigious Southern California gymnastics clubs: KIPS (1975-78) and SCATS (1978-88). In Utah, she coached at Rocky Mountain Gymnastics from 1990-93 before starting her own club, Olympus School of Gymnastics, in 1994. More than 70 of her former club gymnasts have earned college scholarships.

Wright has impacted the Utah gymnastics program for many years. During their club careers, she coached five gymnasts who went on to become Ute All-Americans: Lisa Mitzel (KIPS), Shelly Schaerrer (SCATS), Deidra Graham (Olympus Gymnastics), Jessica Duke (Olympus Gymnastics) and current Ute Mary Beth Lofgren.

Her expertise has been sought by various gymnastics periodicals and she has published articles in USA Gymnastics, International Gymnastics, World Gymnastics and USA Compulsory Routines.

Wright was raised and educated in New Zealand, where she attended both St. Philomenas College and St. Dominics College. She studied ballet for 10 years under Serge Bousloff and achieved the highest diploma in Russian technique. She also studied gymnastics for 10 years under Rita Marlow and achieved national level status. Prior to moving to the United States in 1975, she was an elite ranked coach and judge in New Zealand.

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