Sept. 13, 2000

Audio Comments from Head Coach Becky Buwick-Switzer

NORMAN, Okla. - Steve Nunno, one of the most respected gymnastics coaches in the country who has helped direct numerous individuals, including Oklahoma native and two-time Olympian Shannon Miller, to prominence on the international level, has been named women's gymnastics co-head coach at the University of Oklahoma, announced Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione today. Nunno will team up again with Becky Buwick-Switzer, longtime Sooners head coach. Nunno served as an OU assistant coach under Buwick-Switzer from 1983-85, helping Oklahoma earn a pair of Big Eight titles.

Buwick-Switzer has stated that after 16 years as head coach of the OU women's gymnastics program, the 2000-01 campaign will mark her final season. Nunno will assume sole head coaching responsibilities following the 2000-01 season, as approved by the OU Board of Regents Wednesday.

"We're grateful for the outstanding job Coach Buwick-Switzer has done of directing our women's gymnastics program," said Castiglione. "For many years she has garnered respect throughout the country, and her guidance and expertise have elevated our program to national prominence. Now we have a unique opportunity to bring to our program one of the top coaches in the world. With the addition of Coach Nunno and his extensive national and international experience, we are enhancing our program's ability to move upward. We are excited about the combined individual talents of our coaching staff."

Coach Buwick-Switzer said, "I'm extremely excited about the addition of Steve Nunno to our gymnastics staff. The University of Oklahoma has been extremely important to me for the past 19 years and I embrace the opportunity to work with Steve again. I am confident that the success we've experienced in my time as head coach will continue under Steve's leadership."

Nunno's ability to lead as a head coach and support as an assistant coach has resulted in the most successful decade in United States women's gymnastics history. A familiar face on the global gymnastics scene, Nunno has served as coach of the United States' most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller. He was also an assistant coach for the U.S. in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, helping secure a combined seven (including two gold) medals. Nunno was the U.S. head coach in the 1993 and 1994 World Championships and also served as an assistant on the 1991 and 1995 squads. He has also guided U.S. teams in international events such as the World University Games (1997), Pan American Games (1995) and Goodwill Games (1994).

"I am excited and proud to once again be a part of the University of Oklahoma staff," said Nunno. "It was the university that first impressed me in 1983 and influenced me to move to Oklahoma. I have enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from this community and the entire state. Now I would like to add my energies to the already great gymnastics staff to help build a powerful women's gymnastics program."

Named the United States Elite Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1996, Nunno is the only three-time recipient of the award. He was also named the 1993 United States Gymnastics Federation Coach of the Year. Additionally, Nunno was recently named the eighth greatest coach of the 20th century (all sports) in the state of Oklahoma by The Daily Oklahoman.

Also a successful businessman, Nunno graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration/finance and management degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1979. He earned a master's degree in business management/sports administration from the school a year later.

The owner of thriving gymnastics clubs in Oklahoma, Nunno and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters (Talia and Carina) and a son (Anthony). The family resides in Edmond.