Megan McCunniff-Marsden has competed or coached for 10 national champion teams.
Nov. 10, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY -
University of Utah associate head gymnastics coach Megan Marsden will be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 12. She will be honored at a banquet held in Rice-Eccles Stadium that night. For details and to order tickets, please call Larry Palmer at 801-484-0666.
As Megan McCunniff and later Megan McCunniff-Marsden, she dominated the college gymnastics scene in the early to mid 1980s. McCunniff led Utah to four consecutive national championships, from 1981-84, and was the NCAA all-around champion as a junior and senior. She also won the 1984 NCAA vault title.
She graduated as a 12-time All-American and the NCAA's all-around record holder. As a senior, she won the Broderick Award, recognizing her as the nation's top collegiate woman gymnast.
While she is being honored for her accomplishments as an athlete, Marsden has continued her success as a Utah assistant gymnastics coach. She has helped coach the Utes to six NCAA titles, thus contributing to all of Utah's record 10 national championships. As Utah's balance beam coach, Marsden has seen three of her protégés win a total of six NCAA beam championships since 1991.
The Utah Sports Hall of Fame is the second hall to honor McCunniff-Marsden. She became the first gymnast inducted into the U.'s Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 1996. She and husband Greg Marsden received the Utah Young Alumni Association's Par Excellence Award in 1992.