HEAD COACH RANDY JEPSON In February of 2008, Jepson served as head coach of a six-man U.S. team in a dual meet versus Canada, leading the Americans to victory. Later that year, countless hours spent overseeing the training of world class gymnast and Penn State assistant coach Kevin Tan paid off for Jepson, as Tan realized a lifelong dream by earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Jepson served as Tan’s personal coach, accompanying him to Beijing, China for the 2008 Summer Games, where he captured a bronze medal in the team competition. Jepson received his master’s degree from Penn State in exercise sport and science, with an emphasis in biomechanics, in 1990. He and his wife, Sue, a Penn State alum, and their four children - Adam and Anna, who both currently attend Penn State, Emily, and Maggie - reside in Centre Hall.
JEPSON 26th Season Head Coach Penn State ‘82
JEPSON’S CAREER/YEAR-BY-YEAR 2016 • Two Nittany Lions posted All-America finishes as Penn State finished fifth at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship meet. • Senior Trevor Howard earned four All-America honors in his senior campaign finishing in the top eight in the all-around, floor exercise, vault and still rings. • Howard is the first Penn State gymnast to earn All-America honors all four years of competing since Kevin Tan (2001-04). He is also just the fourth Penn State men’s gymnast to grab All-America honors all four years in the history of the program, finishing his career as a seven-time All-American under Coach Jepson’s tutelage. • Howard earned his third Big Ten title, capturing the win on the high bar at Ohio State. • Howard was a 2016 Nissen-Emery Award finalist, while Noah Roberson was an Elite-90 finalist. • The 2016 Nittany Lions placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships and had five individuals qualify for the individual event finals. • Five Penn State gymnasts finished the season ranked in the top-20 nationally in individual events. • The Nittany Lions posted their second-straight perfect season inside Rec Hall, winning all three of its home meets in the 2016 campaign. • Penn Sate swept all six individual event titles at the West Point Open for the the second time in the history of the program.
Under the direction of Randy Jepson, the 2000, 2004, and 2007 National Coach of the Year, the Penn State men’s gymnastics program has carried on the proud tradition of excellence and achievement established by its forbearers. After guiding his teams to three national championships and two Big Ten titles, Jepson serves as a symbol of Penn State’s vaunted heritage and enters his 26th season as head coach of the Nittany Lions in 2017. Testament to his impact upon and dedication to the Penn State program and the sport overall, Jepson received the prestigious CGA Honor Coach Award in 2011. Bestowed annually, the Honor Coach Award recognizes CGA member coaches with 25 years or more of service to the sport of Career Honors gymnastics. Presented with the honor at the NCAA/CGA Awards Banquet in April, Jepson received a special introduction by Bill • National Coach of the Year Ballister, his coach and mentor while at the University of Oregon. (‘00, ‘04 & ‘07) A member of the coaching staff since 1983, Jepson was • National Assistant Coach of the Year appointed head coach on July 6, 1992, succeeding long-time head (‘91) coach Karl Schier. During Jepson’s coaching tenure at his alma • Central Region Coach of the Year mater, Penn State student-athletes have earned All-America honors (‘08 & ‘12) 94 times. He has also mentored 16 individual national champions, including Mark Sohn, the first gymnast to win four-consecutive • Big Ten Coach of the Year pommel horse national crowns. (‘03 & ‘08) Jepson also championed the renovation efforts of the White • CGA Honor Coach Award Building, the Penn State training gymnasium, transforming the facility (‘11) into the top collegiate training site in the country.
2015 • Penn State tallied a perfect home campaign in 2015, including capturing the Big Ten Championship at Rec Hall. • The Nittany Lions notched their third Big Ten Conference Championship with a score of 436.700, edging out the entire field in a finale that came down to the final rotation. • Six individuals (Trevor Howard, Thad Lawson, Tristian Duverglas, Leroy Clarke Jr., Craig Hernandez, Alexis Torres) all competed in the individual event finals for the Nittany Lions. Trevor Howard competed in four individual event titles, the most of any gymnast, and earned Penn State’s lone individual event title on the still rings. Senior Matthew Fellerman earned the Big Ten all-around title for the Nittany Lions, posting a 87.200. Trevor Howard and Matthew Felleman were both named All-Big Ten First Team honorees. • Jepson led Penn State to a third-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships, which marked the highest finish since the 2012 campaign. • Thad Lawson captured the NCAA individual floor title, marking the fourth national champion on the floor exercise in Penn State history and the secod in the past three years. He is also the second freshman in Penn State history to • Tristian Duverglas, Leroy Clarke Jr., Alexis Torres, Matthew Felleman and Thad Lawson all earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships • In the classroom, seven Nittany Lions earned College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Scholar-Athlete All-American honors and five student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten
Jepon’s Background • USA Olympic Personal Coach Before his appointment as acting head coach, Jepson spent six (‘08) seasons as an assistant to Schier, who retired on October 1, 1991. • USA vs. Canada Head Coach Jepson is the sixth head coach in the 72-year history of the Penn (‘07) State men’s gymnastics program and only the third in the last 64 • USA World Championship Coaching Staff years. Gene Wettstone coached from 1939-76 and was succeeded by Schier, one of his former athletes, who served from 1977-91. (‘97, ‘05 & ‘07) Jepson earned the appointment on April of 1991, the year he was • USA World Championship Assistant Coach named Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Association of (‘06) Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for his outstanding work. • USA Pan-Am Games Assistant Coach Seven months prior to that, he coached Mike Masucci to a (‘99) gold medal in the all-around as head coach of the U.S. team that participated in the Cup of Puerto Rico international meet in San Juan. • USA vs. Australia Head Coach Masucci also captured gold medals in four events. (‘97) A native of Portland, Ore., Jepson lettered for three years at • USA Cup of Puerto Rico Head Coach the University of Oregon and was an NCAA finalist on the rings his 2014 (‘90) sophomore year. He transferred to Penn State in 1982, when the • Three Nittany Lions posted All-America finishes as Penn State Under Jepson Ducks dropped their gymnastics program. In his one season as a finished sixth at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship meet. Nittany Lion, Jepson was captain and won All-America honors on Craig Hernandez (pommel horse), Trevor Howard (parallel bars) • Three-time National Team Champions rings. and Alexis Torres (still rings) all finished the 2014 season as All• 11 NCAA Individual Event Champions A Nissen-Award nominee as a senior, Jepson posted a perfect Americans. • 43 All-Americans on 100 Occasions score of 10.0 on rings in a meet against a team from the Soviet Union • Penn State set one team school record and tied another team • Three-time Big Ten Team Champions in 1983 at Rec Hall. school record during the 2014 season. Their score of 74.550 in the Jepson joined the Lions’ coaching staff as a graduate assistant in floor exercise against Minnesota tied the school record (Ohio State • One Big Ten Gymnast of the Year 1983 and worked in that capacity for two seasons. His first season as 2/2/13 and Springfield College 2/23/13). The Nittany Lions broke • Three Big Ten Freshman of the Year an assistant coach was 1985-86. their school record 75.050 in the vault when they tallied a score • 30 First Team All-Big Ten Selections Jepson has been instrumental in guiding Penn State gymnastics 75.100 at the Big Ten Championships (3/21/14). • 24 Big Ten Individual Event Champions to berths on the U.S. Senior National and Developmental squads, • In the classroom, six Nittany Lions earned College Gymnastics • Four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and in addition was a member of the 1997 and 2005 USA World Association (CGA) Scholar-Athlete All-America honors and four Championships coaching staff. Nittany Lions were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team. • 70 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes A member of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics • Trevor Howard went onto post first team All-Big Ten honors as • 136 Academic All Big-Ten Selections Coaches, Jepson served as secretary and treasurer of the United he captured the rings title with a career high score of 15.825. States Elite Coaches Association. •As a team, Penn State finished third at the Big Ten In years past, Jepson has served men’s program director at Championships. The team finished within the top five in all six Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Woodward, Pa. In addition, Jepson events. The Nittany Lions registered a second-place finish on the directed the North team that won the gold medal at the 1993 United States Olympic Festival. vault (75.100) and a third-place finish on the parallel bars (73.900), while also finishing fourth on the Jepson has also been heavily involved in national team training camps, helping to prepare teams floor exercise (73.700), pommel horse (71.450), rings (74.00) and high bar (69.850). for the 1999 World Championships in China and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He •Senior captain Adrian Evans was honored with the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the Ernest B. was also selected as assistant coach for the 1999 Pan American Games team in Winnipeg, Canada. McCoy Memorial Award. In 2006, Jepson served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Championships and in a 2013 meet versus France and Switzerland. • For the fourth time in the last 40 years of Penn State men’s gymnastics, the Nittany Lions posted an undefeated regular season, registering a 13-0 record, marking the 19th undefeated regular season in school history. Jepson guided his squad to its first perfect regular season since 2003. Inside Rec Hall, PSU posted its third consecutive undefeated season, recording a 4-0 mark in the building.
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