Faehn resigns, named USA Gymnastics senior VP

Less than a week after winning her third straight national championship at Florida, gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn has resigned.

Faehn will become Senior Vice President of USA Gymnastics.

The Florida coach just finished her 13th season leading the program. She was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team and was a four-year member of the U.S. National team.

"The University of Florida has provided an opportunity of a lifetime for me, my family and our student-athletes and I am so grateful," Faehn said. "I couldn't have asked for a more rewarding and supportive atmosphere to do what I love. This amazing opportunity with USA Gymnastics provides a new and different way for me to impact young lives. I will always love the University of Florida and will treasure my time here. But my passion and excitement for Elite gymnastics is pulling me a different direction and the timing is right for me and my family. I want to have a positive influence on the athletes and coaches that will represent our country at the highest level."

"I would like to thank the Florida administration, my staff and all my current and former student-athletes for helping to build such an amazing tradition of excellence. I know the program will continue to thrive and I will always be a Florida Gator."

Faehn left her job as an assistant coach at Nebraska to take the head job at Florida in May 2002. She led the Gators to the 2004 NCAA Super Six in her second season leading the program. Florida made it to the Super Six in 10 of her 13 years as the coach. Faehn signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country in five of the last six seasons.

"I have such mixed emotions right now," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "Of course, I'm happy for this wonderful opportunity for Rhonda. She will continue to make a difference in young athlete's lives with USA Gymnastics, just like she's done at Florida. But also there is sadness. Rhonda came in here 13 years ago, sharing our vision that Florida could be a national contender. She went to work and made that vision a reality. And in the last three years, she taken this program from nationally prominent to national champion. She's done an absolutely spectacular job.

"Rhonda, her staff and her student-athletes have represented this program and this University with such spirit, class and integrity. We cannot thank her enough for all she has given the University of Florida. We wish nothing but the best for her and her wonderful family as they begin this outstanding opportunity."

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