Courtney Kupets Carter Named New UGA Gymnastics Coach


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.

“Courtney was a remarkable gymnast and leader on a team that won four national championships,” said UGA Athletic Director Greg 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.’”

Kupets Carter was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2014, and announced that former legendary head gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan Leebern will join her initial staff as a volunteer coach.

“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!”

When Kupets Carter completed her career at the University of Georgia, she was one of the country’s most recognizable student-athletes.

She was a member of the 2004 Olympic team, helping lead the U.S. to a silver medal in Athens, Greece, and also claiming the bronze medal on the uneven bars. In addition, she was a member of the 2003 gold medal U.S. World Championships team.

Kupets Carter has been working as an SEC Network gymnastics analyst since 2015 and also teaching at the Oconee Gymnastics Club this past year.


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