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Utes Insider - Gymnastics Head Coach Tom Farden

Jan 28, 2021

Tom Farden is in his sixth year as a head coach with the Red Rocks, who are ranked No. 4 in the nation and favored to win the Pac-12 Conference Championship. Farden joins Mike Lageschulte for a lengthy conversation about this year's team and plans to expand the Dumke Gymnastics Center in the coming years. He also tells the story of how Greg and Megan Marsden recruited him an assistant coach 11 years ago with the idea that could eventually take over the program.
 
The podcast can be heard on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. All Utah Athletics podcasts are archived here.

Farden became co-head coach in 2016 following Greg's retirement and shared the program's reins with Megan through 2019. Since that time, Utah has qualified for NCAAs all four years the event was staged and reached the Super Six team final twice. The Utes also won three regional titles, the 2017 Pac-12 Championship and the inaugural Pac-12 Regular Season Championship in 2020. MyKayla Skinner won two NCAA individual championships on floor in 2017 and vault in 2018. He also coached Georgia Dabritz, who was the 2015 NCAA bars champion, and his gymnasts have won 84 All-America citations.
 
After taking sole reign of the program in 2020, Farden led the Red Rocks to an 11-0 record and the first undefeated regular season since 1993. Utah was ranked No. 4 in the nation when the remainder of the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Farden was named the 2020 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Region 2 Coach of the Year.
 
As a Utah assistant from 2011-15, Farden played a key role in five NCAA Championship appearances, including a second-place national finish in 2015, and Pac-12 Championships in 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining Utah as an assistant coach, Farden spent six years as the head coach at Southeast Missouri State.