Feb. 22, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State men’s gymnast Raj Bhavsar was named a volunteer assistant coach of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team head coach Miles Avery announced. Bhavsar will join the coaching staff led by Avery and assistants Arnold Kvetenadze and Doug Stibel.

“It’s a great honor to be named a volunteer coach,” Bhavsar said. “It’s my way of giving back to the program and hopefully I will be able to give this team a little extra edge to win a national championship this year.”

“We are happy to have such a high-level, high-caliber and world-class gymnast in this position,” Avery said. “It’s great he wants to do this for us and give back to the program. He will be able to motivate the guys with his competitive style and intensity.

In international competition, the Houston, Texas, native was an alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team. While a member of the U.S. National Team, Bhavsar helped the squad win a silver medal at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. Nationally, Bhavsar is the 2004 rings and 2003 vault national champion.

Bhavsar joined the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team in 1999 and was named the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year following his rookie campaign. Bhavsar was a four-time All-Big Ten selection and was awarded 2002 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year accolades after winning the all-around during the 2002 Big Ten Championships. Bhavsar went on to win the 2002 NCAA all-around title and was later named the OSU Male Athlete of the Year in 2002. The Houston, Texas, native owns two NCAA individual titles (2001 – parallel bars; 2002 – all around) and was a part of the 2001 squad that won the NCAA championship at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. During his tenure at Ohio State, Bhavsar earned nine All-America honors and was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. Bhavsar continues to train with Avery at the Steelwood Training Facility.