San José, Calif.------ Wayne Wright, San José State University’s women’s gymnastics head coach since the 2002 season and affiliated with the program for 25 seasons, is retiring from the university. Marie Tuite, the Spartans’ director of athletics, made the announcement.
“We want to congratulate Wayne for his teams’ accomplishments and achievements at San José State, first as an assistant coach and later as our head coach,” said Tuite. “We wish Wayne all the best in his future endeavors.”
In 17 seasons as the Spartans’ head coach, San José State won Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships in 2004, 2017 and 2018, made seven NCAA Regional Championships team appearances and had a dual meet record of 233-199-1.
Academically, San José State received six annual NCAA Public Recognition Awards for earning the maximum Academic Progress Rates (APR) score of 1,000.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank former head coach Jackie Walker for giving me the opportunity to be an assistant coach back in the fall of 1988,” said Wright, who was a San José State assistant coach during the 1989 through 1996 seasons.
“To the many student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters I got to know along the way – you all made my time here nothing but amazing. I wish nothing but the best for the program, the student-athletes and the next staff. San José State Gymnastics will always hold a special place in my heart.”
San José State University will begin a national search for its next women’s gymnastics head coach immediately.