COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State head coach, Carey Fagan, was named the 2009 NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year last Saturday. Fagan led the Ohio State women’s gymnastics squad to a third-place finish at the championships and advanced sophomore Rebecca Best to the NCAA National Championships in the all-around.

For the third-consecutive year a Buckeye gymnast has advanced the national championships. Kaylan Clevinger made two national appearances on bars (2007 and 2008) and earned All-America honors in 2008 on bars. She was the first Ohio State gymnast to earn the accolade since 1999. Fagan has also mentored six Buckeyes to All-Big Ten honors the last five years.

Fagan has guided Ohio State to its fourth-consecutive year in the regional championships and two-consecutive third-place finishes. Prior to last season’s third-place finish, the Buckeyes had not finished among the Top 3 in the regional championships since 2000.

Fagan, in her fifth year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, has helped improve Ohio State’s final national rank each season. In 2004, the Buckeyes ranked No. 42 nationally. In the 2004-05 season, Fagan, in her first season, moved the Buckeyes to finish 38th. Under the direction of Fagan, the Buckeyes moved up 20 national spots in just three seasons, going from No. 38 in 2005 to a tied No. 18 ranking in 2008. In 2009, the squad is currently ranked No. 17.

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