Ray Corn has created and maintained a tradition of success in his 29 years at Utah State, both in the gym and in the classroom.
As the only coach in USU's Division I gymnastics history, he has led the Aggies to the postseason 25 times in his 29 years in Logan, including five trips to the national championships. Corn owns an overall record of 420-381-2, with a regular-season record of 351-233-2.
In 1978, Corn took a club-level Utah State gymnastics team and transformed it into an AIAW power, finishing 30-4 in his first season. The next year, the Aggies made the first of four consecutive trips to the AIAW National Championships, finishing as high as ninth in 1982.
In 1991, USU returned to the national championship meet, now under the supervision of the NCAA. USU has qualified for the NCAA Regional competition 19 times in the last 21 years.
Utah State first participated in the Big West Conference gymnastics championship in 1992, winning the title. Since, the Aggies claimed the Big West championship three times -- in 1996, 1998 and 2001. USU has been a member of the Western Gymnastics Conference 2004 since 2002. Moved to the WAC in 2006.
Corn was named the Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1991, earned Big West Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and was named Big West Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2001. He also earned coach of the year honors in the High Country Athletic Conference in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
Corn has coached three All-Americans, three Olympians, two World Championship competitors and had eight gymnasts qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Since 1991, 27 gymnasts have earned academic All-America honors 53 times.
For 27 years, Corn has taught gymnastics and professional classes in USU physical education department in addition to his coaching duties.
Prior to arriving at Utah State, Corn coached at Bear Creek High School in suburban Denver from 1972-77. In five years there, his girls' gymnastics team won five state titles. In 1977, the boys' team swept the state championships.
Corn began his coaching career at Oakley (Kan.) High School in 1971, coaching wrestling, football and boys' and girls' gymnastics in addition to teaching.
A four-year member of the University of Northern Colorado gymnastics team, Corn originally signed to wrestle for UNC. The gymnastics team qualified for the national championships each of his four years there, finishing as high as sixth. He served as captain his senior year.
Corn earned his B.A. in social sciences in 1971, with an emphasis in history and political science. A graduate of Broomfield (Colo.) High School, Corn was born Dec. 31, 1949 in Cebu City, Philippines.
He is married to the former Shelly Knighton. The couple has two daughters, Amanda Rae, 16, and Christina Marie, 14.
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