Steve Ohel enters his second season on The Farm as an assistant coach for the women's gymnastics program. Ohel contributes sound technical knowledge on all events, has proven to be an excellent spotter and brings a wealth of experience to the Cardinal coaching staff. Focusing on vault in 2002, Ohel guided the team to its season-best performance in the first round of the NCAA Championships to clinch a first-ever trip to the Super Six Finals. The 2002 Stanford vault line-up was noted for a wide range of vaulting styles and featured first-team All American Kendall Beck.
"Steve is one of the best spotters and technicians around," said Smyth. "He provides innovative coaching on all events and has increased the athletes skill level on vault and bars."
Prior to arriving on the Farm, Ohel served as interim assistant coach across the Bay at the University of California in 2001. While at California, Ohel was responsible for training the athletes on vault, bars and floor exercise.
Before entering the college arena Ohel served as the head coach for the top gymnastics club in Northern California, Airborne Gymnastics. During his time at Airborne Ohel built a widely respected program and developed national Junior Olympic team members, California state champions at all levels and several junior national champions. Ohel’s athletes have won a state championship at least once in every level and has received the Nor-Cal Coach of the Year award.
In addition to coaching, Ohel balances a job in web development at a top Silicon Valley company. Ohel is a native of Palo Alto and trained in the Stanford gymnastics club program while in high school.