Randy Solorio begins his 30th season on the Hornet coaching staff and his fourth as the team’s associate head coach. The 2006 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Solorio was elevated to 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 deal with the individual student-athlete and help them reach their athletic potential.
“He knows how to make gymnastics fun for the athlete.”
Hughes and Solorio 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.
Recognized as the Western Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 1990 and the USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997, Solorio is known for his dedication, technical expertise and rapport with student-athletes.
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. She is currently a freshman at Sacramento State.