OSU
Sharipov

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rustam Sharipov (roos-TOM SHARE-ee-pahv) has been named the next head coach at Ohio State, Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Wednesday. Sharipov, who has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma the last six seasons, brings the experience of three Olympic medals, including two golds, to Columbus as the eighth head coach in program history.

"We are thrilled to welcome Rustam Sharipov to Ohio State as our next head men's gymnastics coach," Lyke said. "Rustam has competed and coached at the highest levels.  He is a two-time Olympian, won an Olympic gold medal and helped coach an NCAA national championship team. His leadership qualities and expertise will help our student-athletes reach their greatest potential as a team."

Rustam Sharipov, a native of Kharkov, Ukraine, was named 2006 National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year, helping the Sooners claim the NCAA Championship that year. In 2008, Sharipov helped guide the team to a second national title and was named co-assistant coach of the year for the second time in his career. In 2011, he was named the CGA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, leading the Sooners to a NCAA runner-up finish in the team finals April 15 at St. John Arena in Columbus.

"First of all it's a tremendous honor for me to be a head coach at such a successful school," Sharipov said. "It is one of the best schools in the country. The Ohio State University has its own traditions and history and I am going to try and keep the traditions and the program going and to regain its position on top of the NCAA level."

After retiring from competitive gymnastics in 2000, Sharipov moved to the United States and began his coaching career at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Okla. After one year, Sharipov accepted a coaching position at the Houston Gymnastics Academy where he worked with some of the top gymnasts in the nation, including U.S. National Team members Sean Townsend and Todd Thornton. In 2004, he was the head coach for the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the Junior Pacific Alliance Competition and in 2002 was the coach of the U.S. team that took gold at the Junior Pan American Games.

As a gymnast, Sharipov began his competitive career as the Soviet junior national champion in 1989 before bring home the all-around championship at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Cup. Sharipov helped the Unified Team to an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He put on a show at the 1992 European Championships, winning high bar and taking second on parallel bars. Sharipov also took first on parallel bars at the CIS Championships and the DTB Cup, and added a high bar championship at the Tokyo Cup.

In 1993, Sharipov continued his success, taking first in the all-around at both the Nikon International and the International Championships of Romania, along with a third-place finish in the event at the European Cup. At the 1994 World Championships, Sharipov was a member of the third-place team and was the runner-up on parallel bars.

In 1995, after winning championships on parallel bars at the French International and the Cottbus International along with an all-around title at the International Championships of Romania, Sharipov had an impressive showing at the European Cup, winning gold on high bar and parallel bars. He followed that up in 1996 with perhaps the best year of his career, taking first on parallel bars at the European Championships before adding the championship on the apparatus at the World Championship.

The crowning moment came in 1996 in Atlanta, Ga., where Sharipov won the Olympic gold medal on
parallel bars and was a member of the bronze-medal Ukrainian team.

A 1997 graduate of Kharkov State in Ukraine, Sharipov was awarded the title of Master of Sport in 1992. The honor represents the highest athletic level one can reach in the former Soviet Union.

Sharipov, and his wife, Amber, have three daughters, Ksenia, 7, Maya, 5 and Isabella, 3.

The couple also welcomed their newest addition to the family, Raistlin Sharipov, April 12.