Randy Solorio begins his 30th season on the Hornet coachingstaff and his fourth as the team’s associated head coach. The2006 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Solorio was elevatedto his new position following the 2011 season.
“Randy is a motivator as well as a great technician,”head coach Kim Hughes said. “He has a keen ability to dealwith the individual student-athlete and help them reach theirathletic potential.
“He knows how to make gymnastics fun for theathlete.”
Hughes and Solorio were first acquainted in 1978 when the duobegan coaching at The Gymnastics School and River City GymnasticsClub in Sacramento. Solorio ended his tenure with the club in 1982to pursue his theatre career. He returned to Sacramento in 1986 asthe longest tenured partnership at Sacramento State began.
A three-time All-American on vault, high bar and floor exercisewhile competing for UC Davis from 1980-82, Solorio is responsiblefor all aspects of coaching from on-floor duties to recruiting andconditioning.
Solorio holds a bachelor of science degree in exercise science anda master’s in sports performance from Sacramento State and isa certified strength and conditioning specialist. He can often befound teaching weight training, ballroom dancing and other physicaleducation classes as part of his campus-wide activity.
Recognized as the Western Region Assistant Coach of the Year in1990 and the USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997,Solorio is known for his dedication, technical expertise andrapport with student-athletes.
Solorio’s coaching experience has varied from high schooland club programs to the collegiate level. He was a class and teamcoach for Byers Gymnastics Center in Sacramento and coached thegirls’ gymnastics team at Valley High School.
Not only a gifted gymnast and coach, Solorio has found muchsuccess performing in local theater, musicals, commercials and inmodeling. In addition, Solorio toured nationally with The MuppetShow on Tour, and Show Your Spirit.
His daughter, Kaycee Marie, was born the day after the Hornetsfinished second at the USAG Nationals in 1996. She is currently afreshman at Sacramento State.