Richard Gishi
Richard Gishi
Previous College: Cal State Fullerton '98
Position: Assistant Coach (11th Season)

Richard Gishi returns to the Cal State Fullerton coaching staff for his 11th season with the program, returning for a third stint after spending the last four seasons with a local club team.

Gishi served one season as head coach of the Titans in 2006, leading the team to a 6-11 overall record and a sixth place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships while two gymnasts were named as alternates to the NCAA Regionals (Erica Ficarrotta and Melissa Schafer).

His Fullerton career began in 1995, serving as a volunteer assistant under former Head Coach Lynn Rogers for four years before departing for a second tenure at SCATS Gymnastics in Huntington Beach. He returned to Cal State Fullerton after the start of the 2000 season as spent six years as the lead assistant to Julie Knight-Bowse from until 2005, focusing his efforts on the Fullerton bars team while also serving as the lead spotter on vault and floor.

In only his second season with the Titans, Gishi helped lead Cal State Fullerton back to the NCAA Regional Championships as a team in 2001 for the first time in four years. The Titans made subsequent return trips to the NCAA Regionals as a team for the next three seasons, and sent an individual (Brittany Hoffman) to the regionals in 2004 in the all-around.

In 2003, the Titans finished fourth at regionals - the highest finish by a Fullerton squad since 1996.

As an assistant coach, Gishi has helped five athletes to eight of the top 10 best averages on bars in the history of the program and has seen his 2000 and 2003 bars teams set and tie a new school record on the apparatus. In addition, the top 25 single-meet scores in school history on bars have come during Gishi's tenure.

In addition, his vast club gymnastics experience and superior technical ability make him a valuable asset to the Titans' recruiting efforts.

A local product from Westminster, Gishi graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1998 with a degree in kinesiology and health promotion and earned his teaching credential in 2002.

He competed at UCLA from 1978 to 1980 before launching his coaching career at Jetes from 1973 through 1978 before moving to SCATS in Huntington Beach, where he collaborated much of the time with Coach Knight. He worked with the Elite group on a part-time basis in 1984 and became a full-time Elite coach in 1986.