COLUMBUS, Ohio – Casimiro Suarez and Paul Hamm and will join the Ohio State men’s gymnastics staff as assistant coaches, first-year head coach Rustam Sharipov announced Monday. Suarez, a member of the Cuban Olympic Team in 1980, comes to Ohio State with more than 20 years of coaching experience, most recently at Orlando Metro Gymnastics and on the U.S. National Junior Team staff. Hamm, an Ohio State graduate, is an Olympic gold medalist in the all-around, becoming the first American to win the title in 2004.
“I am really excited to announce the new assistant coaches,” Sharipov said. “All of the experience and knowledge they both bring to the program is going to be a great benefit to our gymnasts. We are looking forward to starting together as a team and producing good results.”
Suarez, a native of Havana, Cuba, comes to Ohio State after coaching at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Florida since 2002. A U.S. Junior National Team coach since in 2004, he was named the Junior Olympic Coach of the Year in 2010. He served as Cuba’s women’s national team coach from 1991-94, was Brazil’s women’s national team coach from 1995-98 and was an assistant coach for the women’s team at the University of Oklahoma from 1998-00. As a gymnast, Suarez was a member of the Cuban National Team for 16 years and won nine all-around national titles. He competed in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, finishing sixth in high bar and participated in the World Championships seven times. He has a degree from the School of Superior Physical Education in Havana, Cuba.
Hamm was the Olympic gold medalist in the all-around at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first U.S. male to win the title. He is a two-time Olympian after also competing in the 2000 Games in Sydney and has two Olympic medals in addition to his all-around gold, earning a team silver medal and a silver medal on horizontal bar. He also claimed the world all-around and floor exercise titles in 2003, two of five world championship medals he earned in his career. Hamm, a nine-time U.S. champion, was the winner of the 2004 James E. Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. He has participated in two gymnastics tours and has given numerous paid and volunteer motivational speeches. A native of Waukesha, Wis., Hamm graduated from Ohio State magna cum laude with a degree in accounting in 2007. He trained at Ohio State while preparing for the 2004 Olympic Games.