OU Hires Former Standout Legendre

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced the hiring of Steven Legendre, one of the most decorated gymnasts in OU history, as an assistant coach Thursday.

Legendre, who won the Nissen Emery Award - college gymnastics' highest honor - as an OU senior in 2011 and served as a Sooners volunteer coach during the 2013-14 season, continues to compete internationally. He will participate for the United States in the Pan American Games July 10-26 in Toronto, Ontario.

Steve brings a wealth of experience and amazing credentials to my staff. With his help, I look forward to continuing to build on the success of the Sooner gymnastics program.
Head Coach Mark Williams

"I'm excited about adding Steven Legendre to the men's gymnastics coaching staff," said Williams, who has directed OU to six national titles in his 16 seasons as head coach. "He has continued to train with our program since his graduation in 2011. Steve brings a wealth of experience and amazing credentials to my staff. With his help, I look forward to continuing to build on the success of the Sooner gymnastics program."

Legendre made his impact felt immediately at Oklahoma by becoming the first freshman in OU history to win two NCAA event titles. He also became just the fourth gymnast in program history to win multiple national titles in one season en route to the 2008 team national championship.

He furthered his dominance during his sophomore campaign, winning the NCAA all-around title while also racking up individual national crowns on floor and vault. His three individual titles were the most by a men's gymnast in 2009.

Legendre earned his third NCAA floor championship as a junior in 2010 to give him his sixth overall individual national title, tying Jonathan Horton's program record. Legendre finished his career in 2011 by earning All-America acclaim in the all-around and on floor and high bar, upping his all-time All-America awards count to 12.

"It is truly a blessing and an honor to not only have had the opportunity to be a part of the Sooner family as an athlete, but now to join the other side as a coach," said Legendre, who originally hails from Port Jefferson, N.Y. "I look forward to working hard with the team each and every day to help continue our tradition of excellence and winning national championships.

As somebody who has recently lived the life of an OU student-athlete, I feel I can offer a unique perspective and knowledge resource to the team to help them reach their maximum potential, both inside the gym and outside.
Steven Legendre

"As somebody who has recently lived the life of an OU student-athlete, I feel I can offer a unique perspective and knowledge resource to the team to help them reach their maximum potential, both inside the gym and outside."

The Sooners' newest addition has also enjoyed recent success with the U.S. National Team. On top of being an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team, Legendre twice served as U.S. team captain at the World Championships.

Most recently, Legendre participated in the 2015 Winter Cup Challenge, winning the floor championship, earning silver medals in all-around and vault and winning a bronze on still rings.

At the 2013 World Championships, Legendre earned a silver medal on vault. At the 2012 Winter Cup Challenge, Legendre won floor and vault along with earning a silver medal in the all-around.

In 2011, Legendre helped the U.S. World Championships Team to a bronze medal. Other accomplishments include becoming the U.S. floor exercise champion in 2013, the U.S. floor exercise silver medalist in 2012 and the U.S. vault champion in 2010.

Legendre graduated from OU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies.

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