PISCATAWAY, NJ - Thomas DeMattia has been named assistant gymnastics coach at Rutgers University, Scarlet Knight head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton announced today.
DeMattia most recently served as an instructor with the Surgent’s Elite Gymnastics Academy in Roselle Park. While at Surgent’s, he qualified 16 gymnasts to the Junior Olympic (J.O.) National Championships, while also working with three J.O. National Team members and over 10 J.O. Regional Team members. DeMattia has taught over 200 athletes of varying skill levels and abilities, developing specific training programs to cater to each individual athlete.
A 2004 graduate of the College of William & Mary, DeMattia earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. While at William & Mary he also competed on the varsity levels of both the gymnastic and swimming and diving teams. DeMattia was also a founding father of the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi.
“As a South Brunswick native, I’m happy to call this area my home and proud to be a part of Rutgers University,” said DeMattia. “Every team is eager to win competitions, but the Scarlet Knights have a passion for learning that will afford them that right. I’m looking forward to what we will accomplish next season."
In addition to his experience as an instructor and competitor, DeMattia was also a certified J.O. National Judge, judging local and regional competitions for athletes from levels 5-10.
“We would first like to thank both Eric Patterson for the past five years and Ben Dungee for the 15 years, they have given to the Rutgers Athletic Department and the gymnastics program. We wish them both success, as they begin their new careers outside gymnastics,” said Chollet-Norton. “We are extremely excited on hiring Tom to replace Eric as our second assistant. As a former college gymnast and successful club coach Tom will bring the same excitement, intensity, and knowledge to the program we have had over the past years. His ability to spot higher level skills will help to keep our program moving towards the next level.”