I’m excited for today’s blog and podcast where I sit down to talk with someone I’ve been fortunate to become friends with in the last few years, Tom Farden. Tom is the head coach of Utah Gymnastics, one of the most iconic NCAA programs from the last few decades.
I’ve always respected Tom since getting to know him, not only for his incredibly coaching ability but also his humility, work ethic, and openness to learning new ideas. He constantly surrounds himself with people who challenge him and help grow the program to bigger heights.
I firmly believe that people in the world of gymnastics should look to emulate successful programs like Utah, and also pick up on the leadership and staff qualities that make them continue to excel both in and out of the gym.
During this hour long chat, we dive into important topics like
- What it takes to be a successful gymnast for a Division 1 NCAA Program
- How to build a staff of coaches, medical providers, and support personnel for your team
- How Tom pushed himself as a younger coach to learn and get to be head coach of Utah
- The dangers of early recruiting and what is being done to prevent it
- Ways to build team chemistry and a hardworking, healthy training environment
- Tips for maintaining competitive success with Utah Gymnastics
I think people are really going to love this podcast, so please do me a favor and share it with your community! Also reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, or other social media to let me know what your favorite part was. The links below are to iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube.
I hope you find it helpful!
Tom Farden of Utah Gymnastics on Building Team Chemistry, Competitive Sucess, and Combatting Early NCAA Recruiting