Courtney Kupets Carter
Courtney Kupets Carter was named the eighth head coach of the Georgia GymDogs in May of 2017, nine years after completing the most illustrious career in NCAA gymnastics history.
Kupets Carter brought the GymDogs to new heights in 2019 and was named the WCGA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year. Georgia posted its highest season-opening score since 2007- a 196.600 against Ohio State, and was the fifth school in the nation to record a 197.000. For the first time since 2008, Georgia defeated Florida in Gainesville. The then-No. 7 GymDogs upset No. 3 Florida, 197.450-197.375, handing the Gators their first SEC loss of the season. At the NCAA Regional in Athens, the GymDogs posted its highest score in a decade with a 198.050 to advance to the NCAA National Championships.
Many GymDogs shined individually under Kupets Carter’s direction in 2019. Sabrina Vega was named SEC Specialist of the Year and Rachael Lukacs earned three SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Marissa Oakley scored Georgia’s first Perfect 10 on bars since 2009. Megan Roberts and Alexa Al-Hameed earned SEC All-Freshman honors. Four Georgia gymnasts earned regular season All-American honors, in addition to Sydney Snead, Sabrina Vega, and Rachel Dickson earning NCAA Second Team All-American honors.
In her first year as head coach in 2018, Kupets Carter led the GymDogs to a seventh place overall ranking. The GymDogs scored a 196.500 to advance to the NCAA National Championship Semifinals in St. Louis. Under her direction, Sydney Snead (vault), Marissa Oakley (bars), Rachel Dickson (bars), and Sabrina Vega (floor) claimed NCAA First Team All-America honors.
Over the course of the regular season, the GymDogs brought in an average of 10,102 fans per meet, the highest number in program history, breaking the attendance record of 10,055 set in 2017.
Additionally, in her first year at the helm, Georgia Gymnastics made history with the highest annual donations to the Gymnastics Endowment Fund, raising a record $235,000, also marking the highest number of season tickets sold in a single season.
In her four years as a Gym Dog from 2006 to 2009, Kupets Carter won four team national championships, eight SEC event championships, nine individual NCAA titles and was a 15-time All-American. She was Team MVP in 2006 and 2009, and won the Honda Award in 2007 and 2009. Kupets Carter holds the distinction of being the first gymnast to win individual championships on all four events and the all-around title.
Kupets Carter, Georgia’s only Honda Broderick Cup award winner, also excelled in the classroom with two CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honors and was the recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Outside of her collegiate career, Kupets Carter won a team silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece in addition to an individual bronze on uneven bars.
Kupets Carter is married to Chris Carter. The couple has two daughters, Brooklyn (Dec. 2015) and Savannah (Dec. 2018), and a son, Bentley (June 2017).
Article originally published on Georgiadogs.com