SALT LAKE CITY — For as long as there’s been a gymnastics program at the University of Utah, there’s been a Marsden leading the way.
Greg Marsden was the first head coach when things got started in 1976. His wife Megan joined him on staff after her competition career at Utah ended in 1985 and she stayed after he retired in 2015.
Megan Marsden on Monday announced that she, too, is retiring. Co-head coach Tom Farden will take over the program.
Here is a look back at Megan Marsden’s nearly 40 years of involvement with the Utes.
1981 — The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native (then with the surname McCunniff) joined the Utah program and helped it win its first national championship. That wound up being the first of six straight championships the program won, four of which came with her as a gymnast.
1983 — Won the first of two consecutive NCAA all-around titles. She also won the vault title in 1984 and 12 All-American honors during the course of her competition career. In 1984, She received the Broderick Award, given to the nation’s top gymnast.
1985 — Having married Greg Marsden during college, she joined the coaching staff after graduating. In addition to the final two national championships Utah won during the run of six straight after she joined the staff, the program also took home four titles from 1990-1995.
1992 — With a specialty as balance beam coach, helped Missy Marlowe earn her second straight NCAA championship on the event. With Summer Reid’s titles on beam in 1996 and 1997, Marsden became the only coach in history to lead more than one gymnast to back-to-back titles on the event, a mark that still stands. Theresa Kulikowski won it in 1999 and 2001, and Ashley Postell did so in 2007.
1996 — Was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame, becoming the first gymnast to receive the honors at the university.
1997 — Was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.Comment on this story
2003 — Was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
2005 — Named National Assistant Coach of the Year.
2010 — Was promoted to co-head coach with Greg Marsden.
2014 — Won her first of two consecutive Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards as the Red Rocks won the conference championship. They also won it in 2015 and 2017.
2015 — Remained a co-head coach alongside Farden after her husband retired.
2018 — Earned victory No. 200 as co-head coach. She finished her career with a record of 222-80-3.