Nov. 7, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach Miles Avery has appointed former Buckeye Randy Monahan (2002-05) to the 2006-07 coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach.

“Randy, more than anything, will serve as a liaison between the student-athletes and coaches,” Avery said. “He brings a connection between the athletes and coaching staff. Also, since he is still competing, Monahan knows what you have to do to be good and will be able to express that to the guys in the gym.”

Monahan will assist the men’s program while continuing to train with Avery at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility. He fills the position vacated by Raj Bhavsar (2000-03) who served as volunteer coach during the 2005 and 2006 seasons for the Buckeyes.

“I’m continuing to train with Miles, so I will be in the gym every day ready to help the team as much as I can,” Monahan said. “I’m closer to the guys on the team in age so I will be able to bridge the gap between the coaches and student-athletes.”

While at Ohio State, Monahan was a seven-time All-American, including a personal best 56.55 in the all-around for a second-place finish at the 2005 NCAA championships and won two Big Ten team championships in 2002 and 2005. As a senior, Monahan was recognized as one of five Nissen-Emery Award finalists, an award presented to the outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast in the nation. The Ohio State captain notched 10 first-place finishes in regular-season action in 2005 alone.

As a Buckeye, Monahan, a four-time letterwinner, compiled Ohio State program records in both the all-around (56.55) at the 2005 NCAA championships and rings (9.925) against UIC. In his collegiate career, he earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week accolades six times including his personal best all-around score of 56.55 against Michigan, the second-highest NCAA all-around score since 2000.

Monahan also won Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and Big Ten all-around championship titles in 2003 and 2004. Nationally, the Elizabethtown, Pa., native represented Ohio State at 2005 USA Championships and USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge.

In February 2004, Sports Illustrated featured Monahan in its “Faces in the Crowd’ section. Monahan was selected after he helped lead then-No. 1 Ohio State to victories over Illinois, 220.20-219.00, and Minnesota, 217.10-210.25. During the competition against the Golden Gophers, Monahan recorded a then-NCAA-high 56.50 in the all-around and later was named the national gymnast of the week by the publication Inside Gymnastics.