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Head Coach Tanya Chaplin


ChaplinTanya Chaplin recently completed her 16th year leading the Oregon State gymnastics program on a course that ensures the Beavers remain among the top programs in the nation for years to come. In 2010 and 2011, Chaplin led the Beavers to back-to-back eighth place finishes at the NCAA Championships, the best placings since her arrival at OSU in 1998. She has led the Beavers to nine trips to the NCAA Championships under her direction and six straight. Over the course of her 16 years in Corvallis, 16 OSU gymnasts have earned 34 All-America honors and 13 gymnasts have combined for 21 Pac-10 titles. In addition, OSU gymnasts have earned 67 scholastic All-America honors.

After 16 years as head coach, Chaplin's career record stands at 217-106-1 in the regular season and 274-165-1 overall making her the winningest coach in Oregon State regular season history. During her time at OSU, she has become well-known as one of the best in the business at choreographing her gymnasts' floor and beam routines putting her team in the best possible position to entertain the crowd as well as the judges.


It has become a custom at Oregon State, since Chaplin's arrival, that each season the team is more talented than the year before. Outstanding recruiting classes continue to arrive in Corvallis to meet the challenge of taking OSU to the next level.


The 2011 season has brought with it new challenges and with last year's eighth place finish at nationals the expectations have been even greater. Junior Leslie Mak has enjoyed a breakout season earning Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and NACGC West Region Gymnast of the Year honors. Mak won the Pac-10 title in the all-around and on the beam and tied with teammates Makayla Stambaugh and Olivia Vivian for the conference title on the bars. The Beavers won the Pac-10 title for the first time during her tenure and followed by capturing the NCAA Corvallis Regional title en route to the fourth seed at the NCAA Championships this week.


The 2010 squad reached new heights under Chaplin's direction. The Beavers were led by Mandi Rodriguez, who collected three All-American accolades including a third place finish on vault to finish her career with seven in all, and fellow senior Laura-Ann Chong, who put together her finest season earning second All-America on bars and beam. Joining them was Stambaugh, who burst upon the scene, earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors - the third FOY since Chaplin's arrival. She was rewarded for her team's efforts with the fourth Pac-10 Coach of the Year award of her career.


os_logoAs usual the 2009 squad was considered the most talented of Chaplin's tenure and the prognosticators were correct. OSU gymnasts brought home six All-America honors including two first team honors for Mandi Rodriguez (vault and floor). In addition, Rodriguez won Pac-10 titles on vault and floor en route to being named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and Jen Kesler and Leslie Mak tied for the conference title on the bars. The Beavers were ranked as high as No. 8, finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, second at the NCAA Central Region Championships and 11th at the NCAA Championships.


In 2008, with a ranking as high as No. 7, the Beavers defended their home floor going 8-0 during the regular season at legendary Gill Coliseum and finished the home season by winning the NCAA West Regional Championships. Chaplin's first career regional championship qualified the Orange & Black for the NCAA Championships for the third straight season and three OSU gymnasts came away as All-Americans. Jen Kesler (uneven bars) and Jami Lanz (balance beam) earned second team honors while Yuki Lamb earned first team honors and finished eighth in the Event Finals. In addition, Lanz (beam) and Tasha Smith (vault & floor) earned Pac-10 titles helping the Beavers to a second place finish at the conference championships. To cap off the season, Chaplin was named the Pac-10's Coach of the Year for the third time in her career.


The 2007 campaign was one of the best that OSU has had during Chaplin's tenure. The Beavers qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation. Three gymnasts -- Lanz, Smith and Mandi Rodriguez -- earned All-Pac-10 and All-American honors. OSU upset then-No. 7 UCLA and scored its first 197-point team score for the first time since 2004.


In 2006, the Beavers finished third at the Pac-10 Championships fueled by Smith claiming titles on vault and floor. OSU, which held the third seed at the NCAA West Regional, went on to beat Stanford, the Pac-10 Champions, on the Cardinal's home floor earning the right to compete one more time at Gill Coliseum for the NCAA Championships. The Beavers finished 11th overall with Smith (vault) and Chrissy Lamun (beam) earning All-America honors.


The 2005 team enjoyed a solid season ranking among the top 12 in the nation throughout most of the season, but a the Beavers narrowly missed a trip to the NCAA Championships. Along the way, Chaplin earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year award for the second time in her career.


In 2004, the Beavers set school records for team score (197.675), team road score (197.450), beam score (49.600), and floor score (49.700). What's even more impressive is that these records were set in a year that saw the team lose four key gymnasts to season-ending injuries before the first month of the season was over.


In 2003, the Beavers were ranked among the top 12 teams in the nation for most of the year, defeating three teams ranked in the top six during regular season competition. Two gymnasts won Pacific-10 Championships, increasing the number of Pac-10 champions during Chaplin's tenure to seven.


The 2002 OSU squad qualified for the NCAA Championships in dramatic fashion, when OSU trailed second-place Oklahoma by .400 heading into the final rotation. Chaplin's floor team responded with a school-record 49.625 to move into the second spot and earn the trip to nationals for the third consecutive season.


Her 2001 team began the season with an attainable goal of an appearance in the Super Six. However, less than a month into the season, the Beavers had lost two all-arounders (including an All-American) to season-ending injuries and had two other gymnasts suffer injuries that would limit their participation. Despite the adversity, Chaplin kept her team motivated and focused to compete and returned to the NCAA Championships.


In 2000, she guided the Beavers to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 and NCAA Region 1 Championships to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships for the first time as a head coach.


In 1999, just her second year as a head coach, Chaplin was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year in a vote by the conference coaches. The Beavers finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, where OSU set a then-school record score of 197.400 and had individual champions on all four events.


The Beavers were undefeated at home in Gill Coliseum in 1998, Chaplin's first year with the OSU program.


Prior to moving to Corvallis, Chaplin served as the top assistant coach with the University of Washington gymnastics program for seven years. During that time, the Huskies emerged as one of the top programs in the nation. In 1997, the Huskies placed second at the NCAA West Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in four years.


Chaplin, formerly Tanya Service, went to Washington from her alma mater, UCLA, where she was an assistant coach and standout gymnast.


During her athletic career at UCLA, Chaplin held six school records and received six All-America honors. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and UCLA all-university Athlete of the Year in 1987 and 1989.


In addition to her success as a gymnast for the Bruins, Chaplin was a three-time member of the U.S. National Team. She competed at the 1983 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a finalist in the all-around competition. She also won a silver medal on floor exercise at the 1987 Olympic Festival and competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials.


Chaplin also served as chair of the USA Gymnastics Athletes Advisory Council from 1996 to 1998, and she spent nine years serving as an athlete representative, working with USA Gymnastics and serving as a voice for the athletes at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.


Chaplin, a native of St. Charles, Mo., graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a degree in political science. Her husband, Michael, is also heading into his 15th season in the role of associate head coach at OSU. The Chaplin's have one daughter, Alana.