Feb. 20, 2002
BERKELEY,CA - Trina Tinti, the University of California head women's gymnastics coach since 1998, has announced her resignation, effective immediately.
Bear assistant coaches Jennifer Bialosky and Steve Wilken will assume Tinti's coaching duties on an interim basis, while Teresa Kuehn, Cal's executive associate athletic director for Olympic sports, will handle the program's administrative responsibilities.
"While this was not an easy decision, I believe it's in the best interest of both the team and me personally," said Tinti. "We have accomplished a lot over the past four years, every team record has been broken, and it's time for me to move on."
Tinti, a former UCLA All-America gymnast and captain of the 1983 U.S. national team, had guided California to a 47-59 record during four-plus years at the helm. This year's team, which visits nationally No. 7 ranked Stanford Friday, has posted a 5-4 mark.
During her tenure in Berkeley, 14 school records (10 team, four individual) have been set. Last year's squad, which qualified for the NCAA Regionals, established an overall record of 196.075 vs. Stanford, including an all-time high of 49.150 on the beam.
In her third season as coach in 2000, Tinti directed the Golden Bears to a fifth-place showing in the Pacific-10 Conference. It was the best conference finish by a Cal team in 10 years and earned her 2000 NCAA Region I Head Coach of the Year honors.
Tinti was named UCLA's Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 1984. She served as team captain of the U.S. national squad that won a Gold Medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela.
Kuehn said that a national search will be launched in the coming weeks to find Tinti's permanent replacement as head coach.