April 9, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach Rustam Sharipov was named Central Region Coach of the Year, the Collegiate Gymnastics Association (CGA) announced Wednesday. The award marks the first CGA Coach of the Year honor for Sharipov, who previously earned CGA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2011 as an assistant coach with Oklahoma.

This season, Sharipov led the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, the highest finish for Ohio State since the 2007 campaign. The eighth head coach in program history, Sharipov guided freshman Sean Melton to Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, individual championships on high bar and parallel bars, and a second-place finish in the all-around as well as guiding sophomore Jake Martin to an individual championship on vault and a third-place finish in the all-around.

Throughout the 2014 season, Sharipov coached the Buckeyes to a program-record team score of 446.15, (the sixth-highest score all-time) in a Senior Day upset win over No. 1 Oklahoma at St. John Arena in addition to new team program records on all six events and new individual program records on four events (pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and high bar).

Sharipov, in his third season as head coach, has coached six Buckeyes to eight All-American honors as well as an individual national champion.

The Buckeyes compete at the 2014 NCAA Championships April 10-12 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State opens the meet with the second qualifying session Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, while the team and all-around competition will be held Friday at 7 p.m. ET and the individual event finals will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.