Sept. 9, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Paul Hamm, assistant coach with the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, has been terminated, the Ohio State Department of Athletics announced Friday.
“After meeting with Coach (Rustam) Sharipov and considering his recommendations, Paul Hamm has been terminated as an assistant coach with the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, effective immediately,” Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president/director of athletics, said. “We have high standards for our coaching staff and unfortunately Mr. Hamm failed to meet those standards.”
Hamm was named to the Buckeye staff June 6. Hamm is a two-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist. He was the first American male to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around (2004) and he also claimed a team silver medal and a silver medal on horizontal bar. Hamm, the recipient of the 2004 James E. Sullivan award, claimed the world all-around and floor exercise titles in 2003. He earned five world championship medals in his career and is a nine-time U.S. champion.
Hamm graduated from Ohio State magna cum laude with a degree in accounting in 2007, training in Columbus while preparing for the 2004 Olympic Games.