Following a let go of their former head coach, the University of Georgia’s gymnastics team was eager to find an experienced head coach to take on the big commitment of the career of a college coach. Fulfilling all of the needs to be a perfect head coach for this team in need, Courtney Kupets Carter stepped up at just the right time.
The University of Georgia was once a dominant team in the sport of gymnastics. All college gymnastics followers knew who they were. However, as coach after coach after coach began to fade away, the Gymdogs have struggled to make it onto the big scene in the last few years. Just a couple of weeks ago, Georgia fired it’s third coach in eight years. And so, yet again, the search began. This time, however, the school is confident that Courtney is the perfect fit for their program and will transition nicely into the head coach role. Greg McGarity, Georgia’s Athletic Director was the first to announce Kupets Carter as UGA’s new coach. He stated in a press conference:
“It is our goal to return to the elite level as a program, and it will take everyone pulling in the same direction.”
This is Kupets first collegiate coaching job but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it won’t be hard for her to return the program to their former state of dominance. A few of her many accomplishments in her own gymnastics career are as follows:
- Courtney was a 2002 and 2003 world gold medalist.
- She medalled at the 2004 Olympics.
- Kupets Carter had an impressive collegiate career at UGA, leading the team to their fifth straight NCAA title in 2009.
- She also won the all around title at the NCAA Championships in 2009.
Courtney is excited to begin her new position as head coach and so are we. As we enter a new phase of Gymdog Gymnastics, and therefore, collegiate gymnastics, the best is only yet to come… Good luck to the entire UGA team as they tackle another season next year on a new, refreshed, team.
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