Caryl Smith Gilbert Makes History as Georgia’s New Track Coach

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This past weekend Caryl Smith Gilbert led USC to another outstanding performance at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship. The Lady Trojans finished first and the men took fifth.

After celebrating, the eight-year Director of Men and Women’s Track and Field at USC became the former Director at USC.

On Sunday, coach Caryl Smith Gilbert was named Georgia’s Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field. She also made history as she will be the first woman head coach of a men’s program in Georgia athletics history.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to lead the University of Georgia’s Cross Country and Track & Field program,” said Smith Gilbert in a statement.

“Georgia combines elite athletics and academics with outstanding leadership, in a premier athletics conference. When I spoke to Josh [Brooks], I was immediately impressed with his vision and passion for Georgia Athletics and track and field. I’m thankful to President Morehead and Josh for leading the way, and opening doors for women and particularly women of color. It’s an honor to be Georgia’s first female head coach of a men’s sport. I firmly believe we can continue to build upon UGA’s strong program and compete for and win SEC and National Championships. I am excited to get started in Athens.”

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