39 years later, Marsden is one win away from 1,000 career victories, the first college gymnastics coach to reach that milestone, although he certainly doesn't want the credit.
"When you think of all those wins, " said Marsden, who team travels to Arizona State Saturday, "the people really responsible for it are all the athletes and all the assistant coaches."
His wife and co-head coach Megan Marsden added, "I'm excited for him on that milestone, but I do agree with the approach he's taking that its a milestone for Utah gymnastics, our program as a whole."
Marsden has done so much for women's gymnastics, but he wishes he could have done more for the sport to make it "main stream".
"If you win something, and nobody knows about it, what's the point?" he said. "It's always been important to me that we grow women's gymnastics and make it more main stream and more popular."
Megan said, "It's a huge deal in Salt Lake City, and he wishes he could have done more on a national level."
And the only thing on his mind right now is, "I want to win one more meet!"
"It will be exciting," said Megan, " and I know he pooh poohs this, and I kind of follow his lead because I know he doesn't want me to make a big deal out of it."
1,000 wins is a lot, but even he admits he has some fond memories.
"There's a lot that stand out, like just last week, beating UCLA in front of 14,000 fans at the Huntsman Center. that was exciting, and I hope that there are many more ahead."