|Nansy Damianova (Thomas Schreyer)|
Utah has lost some of its standout seniors, including Bijak, DiLuzio and Deetscreek this year. The whole program is getting a bit of a shake up, which may be just what is needed this coming season, starting with a new assistant coach following Jeff Graba's departure to become Auburn head coach. Tom Farden will work with college coaching legend, Greg Marsden to shape the Utes line up for the coming college season. Farden has been a regional coach, and also coached Casey Jo Magee and Jaime Pisani at Arkansas.
Marsden, while sad to lose Graba, is happy to have a rising talent join his team;
"Tom is someone who I have viewed as one of the best young up-and-coming coaches in the country. His philosophy for developing all aspects of the student-athlete is a perfect match for our program. We are thrilled to have him join our staff as we begin this new chapter for Utah gymnastics."
The line up will also change significantly. Utah finished up 6th in last year's national ranking. For a team accustomed to staying in the top 4 or 5 this must have rankled. Some fresh blood may be just what the doctor ordered.
They also have a swag of Freshies coming in, including Olympians Corrie Lothrop and Nansy Damianova, which will give the team a new feel. It will be interesting to see how these changes work for or against them. The team at Utah always has such a positive vibe, that I think they would only make it work for them.