ATHENS — Former University of Georgia gymnast Courtney Kupets Carter, regarded by many as the most accomplished gymnast in collegiate history, has been named head gymnastics coach at her alma mater according to an announcement Tuesday by UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
“Courtney was a remarkable gymnast and leader on a team that won four national championships,” said McGarity. “She knows the heritage of our program and what it takes to compete at the highest levels. While she comes with national and international competition experience and a national name, she also brings a passion for her sport, her University, the Georgia gymnastics program, and a commitment to the `G.'”
Inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2014, Coach Kupets Carter announced that former legendary head gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan Leebern will join her initial staff as a volunteer coach. Ironically, Kupets Carter is following a similar early career path as Yoculan Leebern who was hired in 1983 from a club team in Pennsylvania. Suzanne had no prior college coaching experience but retired in 2009 after winning 10 national championships, 16 SEC titles, and five national Coach of the Year awards.
“I’d like to thank Greg McGarity, President Morehead, and the Athletic Association for this remarkable opportunity to lead the Gym Dogs,” said Kupets Carter. “As a former Gym Dog, I’m thankful for the experiences I had that contributed to the incredible history of Georgia Gymnastics. Now as Head Coach, I am excited to lead the program into the future. I’m extremely passionate about building on the Gym Dogs’ tradition of excellence and winning philosophy. I am appreciative of the support that will enable our student- athletes and the program to reach their full potential. It’s an honor to be back home in Athens, in a community that supports the Gym Dogs with such enthusiasm. GO DAWGS!”
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