position Assistant Coach
Randy Monahan is entering his ninth year as an assistant coach at Ohio State. He is the primary uneven bars coach for the Buckeyes.
Under Monahan’s guidance, the Buckeye uneven bars roster hit record numbers in 2022. The team set a program-record bars score (49.425) at the Big Ten Championship meet on its way to a program-record Big Ten Championship score (196.700). Ohio State gymnasts won five event titles and 16 individual titles on the apparatus throughout the season. Five student-athletes (Stephanie Berger, Lexi Edwards, Alexis Hankins, Colby Miller and Nicole Riccardi) earned 9.900 or higher scores and by the end of the year, Ohio State earned its best ranking in 21 years on the apparatus with a 14th-place final rank.
During the 2022 campaign, Monahan coached senior Colby Miller to a Big Ten Championship on uneven bars. She became the second Buckeye gymnast in four years, and second of his tenure at Ohio State, to win a conference championship in the event. Miller, who is just the sixth uneven bars Big Ten champion, scored a 9.950 at the meet to tie for first.
In 2021, the Buckeye uneven bars team recorded its season-high 49.300 on Feb. 7 against Michigan State and Illinois. Miller and Jenna Swartzentruber led the team with scores of 9.925 during the season. The team won two event titles on the year with Miller and Swartzentruber picking up two and three individual titles, respectively.
Though the 2020 campaign was cut short, Monahan helped guide Ohio State to another successful season on uneven bars. The Buckeyes earned a season-best score of 49.300 in the rotation against Minnesota (Feb. 1) as Olivia Aepli (9.925) and Miller (9.900) tallied 9.9s for the team. Ohio State’s best event that season was bars, finishing the shortened season ranked 19th nationally.
In 2019, his coaching helped develop a record number of feats that had not been done in several seasons, including a No. 14 rank for the first time since 2013.
Monahan’s bar squad became the No. 19 bar squad in the nation. During the second-round of the NCAA competition, sophomore Swartzentruber scored the highest on the uneven bars for the Buckeyes, tying for fourth with 9.875.
With Monahan’s guidance, the Buckeyes had a 9.800 or better on uneven bars at total of 53 times during the 2019 season.
In 2018, his coaching helped develop a squad that tied the program record on uneven bars twice with a score of 49.325. Monahan also coached Big Ten uneven bar champion Olivia Aepli, who scored a 9.950 to become the first individual champion for Ohio State on the apparatus since 1986. Aepli was a second team All-Big Ten selection and member of the All-Big Ten Championship Team. With his guidance, the Buckeyes had a 9.800 or better on uneven bars a total of 46 times.
During the 2017 campaign, the Buckeyes once again advanced to an NCAA Regional. Alexis Mattern was named first team All-Big Ten and Kaitlyn Hofland picked up second team All-Big Ten honors. In addition, Mattern advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual in the all-around.
In 2016, the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Minneapolis Regional after Hofland, Mattern and Jamie Stone each garnered second team All-Big Ten laurels.
In his first season at Ohio State he helped the team advance to an NCAA Regional as freshman Mattern garnered second team All-Big Ten honors and another freshman, Taylor Harrison, competed as an individual at the NCAA Championships after posting a fourth-place all-around finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional.
Monahan spent the previous six seasons as an assistant at Penn State, working primarily with the vault and uneven bar events. He helped coach five gymnasts to 16 All-America honors and was named the NACGC/W Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011. Monahan helped guide the Nittany Lions to two NCAA Championship appearances while in University Park.
Monahan was a standout in his career at Ohio State 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.