OKLAHOMA CITY -- Steve Nunno, who coached Shannon Miller in
the Olympics before becoming the women's gymnastics coach at
Oklahoma, has resigned after six seasons leading the Sooners.
Nunno, 48, said Friday that he's leaving the program in good
hands and that he's stepping down to spend more time with his
family -- his wife and three children, ages 7, 8 and 9.
"The life of the coach is pretty hectic at times," Nunno told
The Associated Press. "This is a time in my life when you decide
what's important for you, and I realized, just last weekend, that
this is the time for me to spend more time with my family and move
on with my personal life."
His resignation -- announced in a news release -- comes a little
more than four months after Oklahoma acknowledged that its men's
basketball and men's and women's gymnastics programs had violated
Oklahoma reported to the NCAA that the women's gymnastics
program held too many mandatory practices. In its report, the
university said it would self-impose a one-week suspension from
team activities for its women's gymnastics coaches and freeze
Nunno's salary for one year.
Nunno said those violations had nothing to do with his decision
"I respect the ruling that the NCAA makes, whatever it is," he
said. "That happened more than two years ago. I feel like our
university handled it well and that we took responsibility for it
right away and really put it out in the open. Nothing was hidden or
covered up. ... Those are little things that happen to every
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione praised Nunno in the
"Steve worked with our former coach, Becky Switzer, and then
she handed the program off to him," Castiglione said. "Steve
continued our ascension and took us to new heights. He has
assembled a team that will allow the next coach every opportunity
to place our program among the most elite in the country."
He worked with Switzer -- who spent 17 seasons at Oklahoma -- as a
co-head coach during the 2000-2001 season before taking over the
program the next season.
The Sooners have advanced to NCAA Tournament each of the last
three years and won the Central Region title this year to qualify
for the national event in Eugene, Ore. Oklahoma finished the season
ranked 10th, tied for the second-highest in school history.
In 2004, Oklahoma won the Big 12 Conference title and in 2005,
the Sooners equaled the school record for wins with 19.
Before his stint as the Sooners' head coach, he spent three
seasons at Oklahoma as an assistant, from 1983 to 1985.
Nunno also was an assistant coach for the U.S. gymnastics teams
at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, during which he coached Miller,
an Edmond product who won two silver and three bronze medals in
1992 in Barcelona and two gold medals (one team, one individual) in