World Championships Coaching Staff Finalized
posted on 07/24/2003

INDIANAPOLIS - Kelli Hill of Hill's Gymnastics, and Kevin Mazeika of Houston Gymnastics Academy will coach the U.S. teams for the 2003 World Championships, Aug. 16-24 in Anaheim, Calif.


"We are confident that we have chosen a group of coaches who are proven leaders within the world gymnastics community and who perfectly complement each others' skills," said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. "With solid leadership and the strength of our athletes, we can all look forward to great results in Anaheim."

Hill was named Head Coach of the 2003 U.S. Women's World Championships team in July by the Women's Elite Committee. Hill is head coach of 2003 U.S. National Champion Courtney Kupets and 2003 U.S. National Team member Corey Hartung.

Hill will be assisted by World Olympic's Yevgeny Marchenko. Marchenko is coach of 2003 U.S. all-around silver medalist Hollie Vise, 2003 Visa American Cup champion Carly Patterson, and 2003 National Team member Nina Kim.

Mazeika was named Men's Head Coach on January 15. Mazeika was the head coach for the team that captured silver at the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, and oversees the training for 2001 World Champion Sean Townsend, as well as National Team members Jason Furr, Taqiy Abdullah and Tyler Yamauchi.

Assisting Mazeika will be Vitaly Marinitch and Stacey Maloney. Marinitch is the resident head coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and coaches 2003 U.S. all-around silver medalist Jason Gatson and Worlds team member Brett McClure, plus National Team members Stephen McCain and Sho Nakamori. Maloney is head coach of Swiss Turners in West Allis, Wis., and trains 2003 U.S. all-around champion Paul Hamm and his brother, two-time floor exercise champion Morgan Hamm.

The 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 16-24 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, will award individual event gold medals as well as team titles in both men's and women's artistic gymnastics disciplines. The World Championships also serve as the only route for athletes and countries to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Individual ticket prices range from $22-$75. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Arrowhead Pond box office, by phone at 714-740-2000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The World Championships will be televised nationally on NBC Sports on Aug. 23 and 24 from 2-4 p.m. EST, plus one hour of primetime coverage from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 24.