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Aug. 13, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University announced Friday former Ohio State women’s gymnastics assistant coach Carey (Hoyt) Fagan has been named head gymnastics coach. Fagan, who has been serving as the interim head coach, takes over for Larry Cox, who stepped down June 22. Fagan has been an assistant at OSU for the past two seasons.

“I could not be happier or more excited to be the next head coach at Ohio State,” Fagan said. “I was born and raised a Buckeye and to have the opportunity to lead our women’s gymnastics team to new heights is a dream come true. The 2005 team will be a young team that will be exciting to watch and will be led by senior captain, Elizabeth Meaney. I am looking forward to having a full staff in place, and our team back on campus in September, so we can all get started on a new era of Ohio State gymnastics.”

A 1994 graduate of Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, Fagan graduated from Penn State University in 1998 with a double major in media studies and speech communications and was a four-year scholarship athlete on the gymnastics team. While at Penn State, Fagan served as the team captain during her senior year in 1998. She was the recipient of the “Penn State Pride” award in 1996 and 1998 for outstanding team leadership and also was a member of the “Spirit of the Lion” Academic/Athletic Honor Society in 1998 for excellence in the classroom and in the gym. Additionally at Penn State, there is a tradition award that was named in Fagan’s honor, the “Carey Hoyt Perseverance Award”, given to athletes who overcome numerous obstacles during their career.

“We are tremendously excited Carey will be taking over our program,” Heather Lyke Catalano, associate athletics director, said. “Carey is an exceptional person and we are lucky to keep her as a part of our program. Her vision and drive will certainly take our program to new heights. We have set very high expectations for her and I think she’ll exceed those expectations in due time.”

Fagan was a member of Penn State’s NCAA Northeast regional championship team from 1995-1998 and competed at the NCAA championships in 1995, where the Nittany Lions finished eighth at the NCAA Championships. In high school, she was a member of the Junior Olympic National Team and was a U.S. Championship qualifier in 1991.

Fagan has been involved with gymnastics for over 20 years and competed as a senior elite while training at The Parkette National Training Center in Allentown, Pa. She has coached at numerous gymnastics camps across the nation, including the Woodward Gymnastics Camp, the University of Michigan summer camp and Penn State’s summer camp.

Fagan, 27, came to Ohio State from Albuquerque, N.M., where she resided from 1999-2002. There, she was an assistant coach at Westside Gymnastics and coached optional athletes competing in levels 7-10.

Fagan resides in Marysville, Ohio with her husband, Ryan, and son, Brady, who is 2 1/2.