position Head Coach
Meredith Paulicivic is set to begin her fifth season as the head coach of the Ohio State women’s gymnastics program. She joined the Buckeye family in May 2017 and is the fifth head coach in the program’s 51-year history.
In 2021, Paulicivic led the Buckeyes to their first appearance in the Sweet 16 since the NCAA implemented its new regional format in 2019. The team posted a season-best score of 196.525 to advance, good for the 10th highest score in program history. Jenna Swartzentruber earned a spot on the all-conference team, garnering second team All-Big Ten laurels after a successful senior campaigning highlighted by four event titles on the year.
Off the floor, 19 Buckeyes earned OSU Scholar-Athlete laurels while 11 garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors. Also, eight gymnasts were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, matching the most of Paulicivic’s time in Columbus for the second straight year.
The Buckeyes were in the midst of another successful season before the 2020 postseason was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Paulicivic’s guidance, a 9.900 or higher was scored 19 times by 10 different gymnasts, setting a new program record. Ohio State claimed 24 individual event titles from 11 different gymnasts to assists in its 16 team event titles. For the third straight year, a trio of Buckeyes – Olivia Aepli, Claire Gagliardi and Colby Miller – received All-Big Ten honors, with them earning a spot on the second team.
In her second season at the helm of the Buckeye women’s gymnastics team, Paulicivic led the program to its 41st appearance in the NCAA Regionals as Ohio State was selected to the NCAA Second Round in Ann Arbor, Mich. Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes achieved their highest ranking at No. 14 and scored a season-high of 196.850 to tie for the third-highest in program history.
Eight different gymnasts hit a 9.900 throughout the year, which was the previous high mark under Paulicivic and best for Ohio State since 2002. Paulicivic guided three to All-Big Ten honors (Jamie Stone, Olivia Aepli and Jenna Swartzentruber) and saw four gymnasts named to the Big Ten All-Championship Team (Aepli, Swartzentruber, Janelle McClelland and Danica Abanto).
During her first season, Paulicivic led the Buckeyes to a third-place finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional, the best finish since 2012 at the postseason competition. Ohio State scored a 196.500, the highest score at an NCAA Regional in program history.
With her direction, three Buckeyes – Jamie Stone, Olivia Aepli and Alexis Mattern – picked up All-Big Ten honors. Paulicivic coached Stone and Aepli to Big Ten titles on vault and uneven bars, respectively, and helped Stone qualify for the NCAA Championships on vault. In addition, every gymnast that competed in a meet set or tied a career high on at least one event.
In 2018, Ohio State tallied a 196.000 or better six times, including the sixth highest mark in program history with a score of 196.775. The Buckeyes also tied the program record on uneven bars twice with a 49.325.
A high-level choreographer, Paulicivic spent two seasons as an assistant at Utah from 2015-17, helping guide the Utes to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a Pac-12 team championship in 2017. As Utah’s primary vault coach, Paulicivic coached Pac-12 vault co-champions Mykayla Skinner and Tiffani Lewis as Skinner went on to become the Fayetteville Regional vault champion and a regular-season All-American.
At Utah, Paulicivic was the primary vault coach while assisting on balance beam and floor exercise while being responsible for the choreography and music selection on beam and floor. In 2016, Paulicivic helped guide Lewis to the Pac-12 floor championship and Baely Rowe and Makenna Merrell to runner-up floor finishes at Pac-12 Championships as the Utes finished fourth nationally as a team on floor exercise.
Prior to her time at Utah, Paulicivic spent a season as an assistant coach at Arizona, helping the Wildcats to a 17th-place finish nationally, the highest team ranking in over a decade. Paulicivic also was head coach at SCEGA Gymnastics from 2007-14, coaching six U.S. National Team members, including world bronze medalist Rachel Tidd. She spent the previous nine years as assistant coach and head choreographer for floor and beam at SCEGA after a one-year stint as assistant coach at University of California.
As a gymnast at Utah from 1991-94, Paulicivic (nee King), competed on a pair of NCAA Championship teams in 1992 and 1994. Paulicivic was a three-time All-American on vault and a team captain as a senior.
A native of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., Paulicivic graduated from Utah with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science in 1994. Paulicivic and her husband, George, are the parents of two daughters, Blayne and Avery, and a son, Corbin.
|Season||Record||B1G Record||B1G Championships||NCAA Championships|
|2018||12-7||5-4||Fifth||Third at NCAA Columbus Regional; Jamie Stone vault individual at NCAA Championships|
|2019||7-10||3-7||First in Session One; Seventh Overall||Fourth at NCAA Ann Arbor Regional|
|2021||9-7||9-7||Fourth in Session One; Eighth Overall||Fourth at NCAA Morgantown Regional Final|