Richard Gishi Promoted to Women's Gymnastics Head Coach

April 15, 2005

FULLERTON, CA -- - Richard Gishi has been promoted to head coach of the Cal State Fullerton women's gymnastics team and seven-year head coach Julie Knight-Bowse has been reassigned at her request to an administrative post in the athletics department.

Gishi, 47, was Knight-Bowse's assistant the past six years. The former UCLA gymnast (1978 to 1980) joined the Titans' program in 1995 as a volunteer assistant to former Head Coach Lynn Rogers. After a second tenure at SCATS Gymnastics in Huntington Beach, he returned in 2000 to assist Knight-Bowse, who ran the CSF program in 1999 and officially became head coach that season.

Gishi graduated from CSF in 1998 with a degree in kinesiology and health promotion and earned his teaching credential in 2002. He launched his coaching career at Jetes from 1973 through 1978.

Knight-Bowse will serve as assistant compliance director, a post she held in the past on a temporary basis. Acting Compliance Director Dr. June Kearney will step down later in the year and Knight-Bowse will assume that position.

Knight-Bowse recently completed her seventh season running the Titan program. She was selected Big West Conference coach of the year in 1999 while serving as an associate head coach to Rogers, who was focusing his efforts on fund-raising for the athletics department at the end of his 25-year tenure. The Titans, who won an AIAW national championship in 1979, made four consecutive trips as a team to NCAA Regionals in 2001 through 2004 with a best finish of fourth in 2003. Knight-Bowse's seven-year record was 61-58.

Knight-Bowse helped launch the highly successful Titan program as a competitor in 1976, earning All-American status on both vault and floor exercise as well as all-around. She returned to assist Rogers in 1994 after coaching at private clubs in southern and her native central California. She also has served as a competitive judge with "brevet" status, the highest level, which has allowed her to judge at international events including the USA Championships, the 1995 University Games in Japan and the 1997 University Games in Italy. She also served on the committee for the 2003 World Championships held in Anaheim.