Tom Farden Named Gymnastics Head Coach
May 12, 2004
Caoe Girardeau, Mo. - The interim has been removed from the title and Tom Farden is now the head women's gymnastics coach at Southeast Missouri State University.
Farden served last season as interim coach and guided the Southeast gymnasts to their first winning season since 1998. The 15-7 record included a perfect 5-0 record at Houck Field House.
"Coach Farden stepped in last season as interim coach and guided our gymnastics team to the most successful season since 1998," said Don Kaverman, director of athletics at Southeast. "His coaching was embraced by the team and resulted in a very successful year. Coach Farden also did an excellent job of raising funds for the new gymnastics locker room.
"There was no reason to look to the outside, we have the person in place that has proven he can get the job done."
The 2004 gymnasts finished second in the Midwest Independent Championships and qualified three individuals for NCAA Regional competition.
"Dropping interim from the title of head coach gives the program the stability that is needed," Farden said. "We are in a position to make some very positive strides for the gymnastics program and I am grateful that the administration has shown confidence in my abilities.
"We lose only three members of last year's team and we return two athletes, Tara Boldt and Alexis Traylor, who qualified for NCAA Regionals last season and we return Katie Bloom who was an alternate at the regionals. We are bringing in four talented recruits that should add to our team depth and ability."
Farden is proud of the new gymnastics' dressing room that is slated for completion this summer. "We will have a beautiful new $50,000 locker room that will provide a home for our gymnasts and help us in recruiting."
Farden became interim coach last season after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at Southeast. Originally from Dayton, Minn., Farden and his wife, Christina, operate Spectrum Training Center in Cape Girardeau.