Olympian, and former Georgia GymDog Courtney Kupets takes head coach position at the University of Georgia.
Having graduated from Georgia in 2009 after helping the team to three titles in her three competitive seasons (she sat out her junior year with an Achilles injury), Kupets Carter was a student coach in 2009-10.
She earned her masters in sport management from UGA – interning in the athletic department at the time – and since has coached club gymnastics and served as a commentator at both the collegiate and Olympic levels.
But after the firing of coach Danna Durante last month, Kupets Carter saw an opportunity for herself that many others wouldn’t have predicted.
“I told myself, ‘I can do that,’” she said. “I knew I could help this program and I feel so passionate about it.”
Green in the collegiate coaching sphere, Kupets Carter will have the help of the coach many consider the best ever in women’s college gymnastics: Suzanne Yoculan Leebern.
Yoculan Leebern, who led Georgia to 10 national titles in her 27 seasons at the helm – culminating in Kupets Carter’s senior year in 2009 – will serve as a volunteer coach for the 2017-18 season.
“I feel like Courtney was born to coach here,” Yoculan Leebern said in an interview. “I don’t think I have ever been this excited about Georgia gymnastics except for the first time we filled the arena in 1995.”