Tanya Chaplin, in her eighth season as head coach of the Oregon State gymnastics program, has continued to keep the Beavers among the nation's top gymnastics programs. She has led the Beavers to three trips to the NCAA Championships, and OSU gymnasts have earned eight All-America honors under Chaplin's direction.
In 2004, the Beavers set school records for team score (197.675), team road score (197.450), beam score (49.600) and floor score (49.700). What's even more impressive is that these records were set in a year that saw the team lose four key gymnasts to season-ending injuries before the first month of the year was over.
She was named OSU's Female Sport Coach of the Year for the third time in 2004, also being honored in 2000 and 2001.
In 2003, the Beavers were ranked among the top 12 teams in the nation for most of the year, defeating three teams ranked in the top six during regular season competition. Two gymnasts won Pacific-10 Championships, increasing the number of Pac-10 champions during Chaplin's tenure to seven.
The 2002 Beavers qualified for nationals in dramatic fashion, when OSU trailed second-place Oklahoma by .400 heading into the final rotation. Chaplin's floor team responded with a school-record 49.625 to move into the second spot and earn the trip to nationals for the third consecutive season.
Chaplin was named OSU's Female Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, which was perhaps the most challenging of her six years at OSU.
Her team began the 2001 season with an attainable goal of an appearance in the Super Six. However, less than a month into the season, the Beavers had lost two all-arounders (including an All-American) to season-ending injuries and had two other gymnasts suffer injuries that would limit their participation. Despite the adversity, Chaplin kept her team motivated and focused to compete and return to the NCAA Championships.
In 2000, she guided the Beavers to a second-place finish at the Pacific-10 and NCAA Region 1 Championships to go to the NCAA Championships with the entire team for the first time as a head coach.
In 1999, just her second year as a head coach, Chaplin was named Pacific-10 Coach of the Year in a vote by the conference coaches. The Beavers finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, where OSU set a then-school record with a 197.400 and had individual champions on all four events. The Beavers were undefeated at home in Gill Coliseum in 1998, Chaplin's first year with the OSU program.
In seven years of coaching, her career record stands at 65-48-1 for the regular season and 113-87-1 overall.
Prior to moving to Corvallis, Chaplin served as the top assistant coach with the University of Washington gymnastics program for seven years. During that time, the Huskies emerged as one of the top programs in the nation. In 1997, the Huskies placed second at the NCAA West Regionals and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in four years.
Chaplin, formerly Tanya Service, came to Washington from her alma mater, UCLA, where she was an assistant coach and standout All-America gymnast.
During her athletic career at UCLA, Chaplin held six school records and received six All-America honors. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and UCLA All-University Athlete of the Year in 1987 and 1989.
In addition to her success as a UCLA gymnast, Chaplin was a three-time member of the U.S. National Team. She competed at the 1983 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a finalist in the all-around competition. She also won a silver medal on floor exercise at the 1987 Olympic Festival and competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials.
Chaplin also served as chair of the USA Gymnastics Athletes Advisory Council from 1996 to 1998, and she spent nine years serving as an athlete representative, working with USA Gymnastics and serving as a voice for the athletes at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
Chaplin, a native of St. Charles, Missouri, graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a degree in political science. Her husband, Michael, is in his eighth season as an assistant gymnastics coach at OSU. They have one daughter, Alana, who was born two days before an OSU/Washington dual meet in January, 1996.