NORMAN, Okla. - Steve Nunno, who led Oklahoma to NCAA post-season competition in each of the last three seasons, has resigned as the Sooners’ women’s gymnastics coach ending a six-year tenure.
“We appreciate the contributions to our Women’s Gymnastics program by Steve Nunno. In five years as our head coach, he has built upon the success of our previous coach, Becky Buwick Switzer, and taken our program to a higher level” said University of Oklahoma Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione.
“He won a conference championship and was extemely competitive in NCAA post-season competition on his way to positioning our program for more success in the future. We thank him for what he has done for OU and wish him success in his new endeavor.”
Nunno said the change comes after several goals were achieved. The move will allow him more time with his family.
“When the University of Oklahoma called me and asked me to come to Norman in the summer of 2000, I set two major goals: to bring the OU women's gymnastics team to be a top 10 national power and to spend more time with my family, as I was traveling internationally so much with the USA team,” said Nunno.
“Now that our OU team has competed in three consecutive national championships and the future looks bright for the Sooners, it's time that I concentrate more on accomplishing my second goal. My children are growing up fast and spending time with my wife and family has become my priority.
“I've been truly blessed with great results throughout my coaching career. I want to thank everyone at the University of Oklahoma that has supported me for the past six years. My family and I plan to remain in the community and manage our other business interests.”
The 2006 team won the Central Region to advance to the NCAA National Championship at Eugene, Ore. The season-ending ranking of No. 10 tied for the second-highest in school history.
The 2005 team posted 19 wins to equal the highest total in school history. In 2004, Nunno led OU to its first Big 12 conference title. Three gymnasts on that team (Erin LaBarr, Kasie Tamayo and Tiffany Willin) achieved All-America honors and became the first Sooners to so honored in 15 years.
Castiglione said a national search will be conducted to hire a new women’s gymnastics coach.