Rustam Sharipov (roos-TOM SHARE-ee-pahv) was named the head coach for the Ohio State men's gymnastics team in the summer of 2011. Sharipov, previously an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma from 2005-11, brings the experience of three Olympic medals, including two golds, to Columbus as the eighth head coach in program history.
In his first year as head coach, Sharipov led the Buckeyes to a record-setting season, as he guided five members of the team (senior Ty Echard, sophomores Misha Koudinov and Kris Done, redshirt sophomore Michael Newburger and freshman Danny Steiner) to All-America status at the 2012 NCAA Individual Event Finals, tying the season program record with the 1993 and 2002 campaigns, respectively.
Sharipov coached Echard, a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award Finalist, to a share of the Big Ten pommel horse title and subsequent first team All-Big Ten honors. He also guided Koudinov to a third-place tie on floor exercise and a second place finish on parallel bars at the Big Ten Championships.
A native of Kharkov, Ukraine, Sharipov 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.
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, 9, Maya, 7, and Isabella, 5, and one son Raistlin, 1.
2005-2011 - University of Oklahoma assistant coach
2001-05 - Houston Gymnastics Academy
2000-01 - Bart Conner Gymnastics
2011 Pan American Games Coach (coached former Buckeye Brandon Wynn to gold medal on rings)
2010 World Championships Personal Coach
2010 Head Coach Gold Medal Pan American Team
2008 National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2006 National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2004 Head Coach, Gold Medal Jr. Pacific AllianceTeam
2002 Head Coach Gold Medal Jr. PanAm Team
1992 "Master of Sport," Soviet Union
1996 Olympic Gold Medalist on Parallel Bars
1996 Olympic Team Bronze Medal (Ukraine)
1996 World Parallel Bars Champion
1996 European Parallel Bars Champion
1995 High Bar Gold Medalist at European Cup
1995 P-Bars Co-Gold Medalist at European Cup
1995 Fifth in All-Around at European Cup
1995 Championships of Romania AA Champion
1995 Cottbus International Parallel Bars Champion
1995 French International Parallel Bars Champion
1994 World Championships Parallel Bars Runner-Up
1994 World Championships Third Place Team
1994 European Parallel Bars Co-Champion
1994 Chunichi Cup AA and Still Rings Champion
1993 Third Place in All-Around at European Cup
1993 Championships of Romania AA, SR, PB and HB Champion
1993 First Place Team at Diet Coke Mixed Duos
1993 Nikon International AA and Parallel Bars Champion
1992 Olympic Gold Medal Team (Unified Team)
1992 European High Bar Champion
1992 European Parallel Bars Runner-Up
1992 CIS Championships Parallel Bars Champion
1992 DTB Cup Parallel Bars Champion
1992 Tokyo Cup High Bar Champion
1991 Alternate on World Champion Soviet Team
1990 U.S. Olympic Cup All-Around Winner
1989 Soviet Junior National Champion