Utah gymnastics had an opening for assistant head coach after Meredith Paulicivic left to be the head coach at Ohio State. It was announced last Monday that Robert Ladanyi, an assistant at Florida and Denver before coming to Utah, would replace Paulicivic. He also previously coached the Romanian Junior National Team.
"We are thrilled to announce Robert Ladanyi as our new assistant coach," said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. "He is an outstanding coach with a championship pedigree and will be a wonderful addition to our staff. He helped Florida win three NCAA team titles and Denver had its best season in school history this past year. Megan (co-head coach Megan Marsden) and I have watched him over the years and believe he has a lot to offer."
Ladanyi comes to Utah with a championship pedigree. He helped Florida win three national championships from 2013-15. He also coached Alaina Johnson (2013) and Bridget Sloan (2014) to the first two NCAA individual uneven bar championships in school history. He was also the coach of 2016 NCAA floor champion Nina McGee of Denver.
"I'm very excited to join the University of Utah staff and I'm looking forward to starting as soon as possible," said Ladanyi. "I can't wait to be a part of the Utah gymnastics program and look forward to the challenge of competing for the national championship."
Ladanyi has experience coaching uneven bars, vault, floor, and conditioning in his time at Florida and Denver. At Florida, he coached 14 All-Americans while on staff.
This is a great hire. Ladanyi has a championship pedigree. Last season for Utah, bars was their least consistent event. Against Cal and Oregon State, they struggled on the event which caused them to fall to OSU. Paulicivic was a great coach and loved in the program. She will be missed, but we wish her success at Ohio State. Ladanyi seems like the best replacement Utah could have hired.