Utes gymnastics co-coach Megan Marsden retires after 35 years

Megan Marsden announced her retirement from coaching the Utes Red Rocks gymnastics at a team meeting on Monday. (File photo: KUTV)

Megan Marsden announced her retirement from coaching the Utes Red Rocks gymnastics at a team meeting on Monday.

Marsden, a member of Utah's gymnastics coaching staff since 1985, plans to continue her involvement with Utah athletics as an ambassador for the department, a press release stated.

Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said in a prepared statement:

Megan Marsden is and always will be a legend. I have been so privileged to spend this last year with her and witness her compassion and care for all of her student-athletes. Utah gymnastics, with its championships and rabid fan base, will forever serve as a monument to Megan's passion and leadership. I am grateful that she will stay with us in a very important ambassador role and help continue the advancement of the athletics department as a whole. In the coming months, we will celebrate her amazing career and accomplishments, allowing Red Rocks' fans and alumni to say 'thank you' to Megan for all that she accomplished and her enormous service to the University of Utah.

Marsden has served as Utah's co-head coach since 2010—the last four years with Tom Farden—who now assumes sole leadership of the program.

Prior to that, the Cedar Falls, Iowa, native and husband Greg Marsden coached together. Greg retired in 2015 after 40 years as the founding coach of Utah gymnastics.

Megan said in a prepared statement:

I cannot express how lucky I have been to spend all these years at the University of Utah competing alongside and coaching so many talented, strong, smart, amazing young women. To participate in multiple national championships as both an athlete and a coach at your alma mater is a thrill few people get to experience. But certainly the best part of my time here is the wonderful family of women we brought together at Utah and who will always be in my life.

The former Megan McCunniff was also a gymnast for the Utes. She starred on four national champion teams at Utah from 1981-84. She went on to help coach the Utes to another six national titles.

In 1996, Marsden became the first gymnast inducted into the Utah athletics department's Crimson Club Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, a press release stated.

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