July 3, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s gymnastics first-year head coach Meredith Paulicivic has rounded out her coaching staff with assistant coaches Randy Monahan and Lucas Wasson, Paulicivic announced Monday. Monahan has been an assistant on Carey Fagan’s staff at Ohio State for the last three seasons while Wasson spent the last seven years as an optional team director at Perfection Gymnastics School in West Chester, Ohio.
“I’m thrilled about what these two coaches will bring to our program,” Paulicivic said. “Their years of technical expertise will help guide the program in the direction of my vision. The combination of hard work, enthusiasm and knowledge between these two makes me very excited for our future.”
Monahan, who joined Fagan’s staff as an assistant prior to the 2015 season, has helped the Buckeyes to an NCAA Regional each of the last three campaigns. Under Monahan’s tutelage, six Buckeyes have garnered All-Big Ten honors while Taylor Harrison competed as an individual at the NCAA Championships in 2015 while Alexis Mattern qualified as an individual in 2017. Prior to his time at Ohio State, Monahan spent six seasons as an assistant at Penn State. He was a standout in his career for the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team from 2001-05. The seven-time All-American was a two-time Big Ten all-around champion, two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, two-time team captain and was a part of a pair of Big Ten championship teams.
“Randy is a passionate Ohio State alum and has coached vault, bars and floor with great success at two different schools,” Paulicivic said. “His calm demeanor and attention to detail will help guide our uneven bars team to new heights. He also is an excellent recruiter, camp director and will assist with our floor team.”
Wasson has spent the last six years as optional team director at Perfection Gymnastics School in West Chester, Ohio. Prior to that, he served as optional/elite coach at Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville, Ohio, for six years and competitive team director/head coach at Stars Gymnastics and Cheer in Dayton for three years. Wasson has successfully coached 20 athletes at the USAG National Training Center and coached 15 athletes on to the TOPS national team. He was integral in the early development of Nia Dennis, a former national team member, and coached Lexie Priessman at the 2014 U.S. Classic.
“Luke has over a decade of coaching high-level technical gymnastics on all four events at two of the top club gyms in the country,” Paulicivic added. “His energy and background teaching skills will help elevate our vault team. He also will assist with our floor team and will soon make his mark in the NCAA.”