Randy Solorio was named the Head Gymnastics Coach on Sept. 1, 2016 and serving a year in an interim capacity. Solorio is just the fourth head coach in school history and takes over the program after spending 30 years as an assistant and associate head coach under former head coach Kim Hughes.
During his first season leading the team, Solorio guided the Hornets to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship and saw four of his gymnasts advance to the NCAA West Regional. During the year, the team recorded the top two scores in Sacramento State history. The first came at home against San Jose State where the Hornets amassed a total of 196.475. Exactly one month later, the team scored 196.300 to capture it’s second MPSF title in the last three years and it’s ninth conference crown since 2000.
Solorio earned several honors during his time as an assistant with the Hornets. He was the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 1990 and 2006, the USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997 and earned the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015.
Solorio and Hughes were first acquainted in 1978 when the duo began coaching at The Gymnastics School and River City Gymnastics Club in Sacramento. Solorio ended his tenure with the club in 1982 to pursue his theatre career. He returned to Sacramento in 1986 as the longest tenured partnership at Sacramento State began.
A three-time All-American on vault, high bar and floor exercise while competing for UC Davis from 1980-82, Solorio is responsible for all aspects of coaching from on-floor duties to recruiting and conditioning.
Solorio holds a bachelor of science degree in exercise science and a master’s in sports performance from Sacramento State and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He can often be found teaching weight training, ballroom dancing and other physical education classes as part of his campus-wide activity.
Solorio’s coaching experience has varied from high school and club programs to the collegiate level. He was a class and team coach for Byers Gymnastics Center in Sacramento and coached the girls’ gymnastics team at Valley High School.
Not only a gifted gymnast and coach, Solorio has found much success performing in local theater, musicals, commercials and in modeling. In addition, Solorio toured nationally with The Muppet Show on Tour, and Show Your Spirit.
His daughter, Kaycee Marie, was born the day after the Hornets finished second at the USAG Nationals in 1996.