Utah Gymnastics coach Tom Farden placed on administrative leave
Nov 13, 2023, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:11 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Univesity of Utah placed women’s gymnastics head coach Tom Farden on a paid administrative leave effective immediately.
The Utah athletic department issued the following statement on Sunday, November 12:
“The University of Utah has placed Head Gymnastics Coach Tom Farden on paid administrative leave effective immediately. This action comes after recent conduct and actions by Coach Farden not related to student-athlete welfare, which simply do not align with our values and expectations. Associate Head Coach Carly Dockendorf has agreed to serve as Interim Head Coach.”
Utah Gymnastics head coach Tom Farden has been put on paid administrative leave “after recent conduct and actions by Coach Farden not related to student-athlete welfare, which simply do not align with our values and expectations.” #GoUtes #RedRocks @KSLSports pic.twitter.com/szAmy4PJZW
— Sam Farnsworth (@Samsworth_TV) November 13, 2023
Farden was under investigation for alleged emotional abuse as first reported by the Deseret News.
Utah has hired outside firm Husch Blackwell out of Kansas City to look into claims that Farden has been verbally and emotionally abusive in his coaching approach.
So far, five former Red Rocks have made allegations along with four parents, and two former staffers through Farden’s 23-year career.
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