Paul Columbo is in his fourth season with the University of Florida gymnastics program in the 2003 season. He oversees scheduling and meet set-up in addition to other coaching duties. At UF, Columbo was named the 2001 NCAA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year - a first for the Gator program.
Columbo brought more than nine years of coaching experience when he joined UF in the summer of 1999. He came to UF from Birmingham, Mich., where he served as the optional coach at Olympia Gymnastics club for a year. At OGC, Columbo was responsible for coaching level one through level 10 gymnasts, including members of the U.S. Level 10 National Team. He was the head coach at the Chantilly Academy Gymnastics club in Chantilly, Va., from 1994-98 and several gymnasts he coached moved onto the collegiate ranks. Columbo has also served on the Master Staff at the Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Woodward, Pa., since 1990. At the Woodward Camp, an international gymnastics training center, Columbo coached all ranges of talent from beginner to Olympic-level team members from various countries.
Columbo was a collegiate gymnast at Cortland State until the program was dropped during his junior season. He then transferred to George Mason University, where he became involved in power tumbling. He competed at the Elite level in power tumbling, taking fifth in the 1996 national competition.
Columbo is currently taking classes at UF to complete his degree in sports management.