AUBURN, Alabama – Sara Carver-Milne, who has spent the past 20 years as a head coach at Brown University, has been named associate head coach for Auburn Gymnastics, head coach Jeff Graba announcement.
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join the Auburn family and coach this awesome team,” Carver-Milne said. “I have followed the success of this program under Jeff’s leadership for many years. The culture created by Jeff, Kurt (Hettinger) and Dawn (Schueller) was carried over by the athletic director Allen Green and Marcy Girton and everyone I met in the Auburn Athletics community.
“I look forward to helping this program continue to be competitive at the highest level by building relationships and truly working together in a positive and competitive environment.”
Carver-Milne comes to the Plains after spending the past 21 seasons at Brown University. She was named ECAC Conference Head Coach of the Year twice in her career and has improved Brown’s RQS by seven points since taking over the program, breaking all individual and team records. team during his tenure.
Most recently, she guided her 2022 team to school records in overall score, vault, bars and floor.
“I’ve known Sara for years and she’s not only an amazing trainer, but also a perfect fit for our program,” Graba said. “She is a seasoned coach who has developed some of the best teams in her conference. Fostering a positive and supportive team culture is also extremely important to Sara and aligns with our desire to be excellent at it as well. The Auburn Family will absolutely love his coaching style and I believe our student-athletes will continue to improve under his guidance.”
She is no stranger to recruiting and coaching some of the best gymnasts in the world as she coached Olympian and world champion Alicia Sacramone in 2007.
Carver-Milne coached the Bears to an ECAC championship in 2014 and back-to-back Ivy League titles in 2013 and 2014 as well as 2016. She guided her gymnasts to numerous USAG All-America honors, including a pair USAG national titles. champions in Mei Li Costa (2019 – bars) and Diana Walters (2014 – all-around).
She has guided her gymnasts to 10 ECAC Individual Championships and three Conference Gymnast of the Year awards. She has coached 14 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, including Sacramone who qualified for the NCAA Championship with a win on regional ground.
Additionally, its athletes have excelled in the classroom, earning multiple WCGA Scholastic All-America accolades, ECAC and USA Gymnastics All-Academic awards, and Academic All-Ivy recognition.
Prior to Brown, Carver-Milne was a gymnast for 18 years and coached elite club teams in Texas. A 1997 graduate of Alaska-Anchorage, Carver-Milne was an NCAA gymnast and national competitor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications.