Karwoski accepts assistant coach position at Pittsburgh

September 11, 2009


By Eric Woodyard
Western Herald

The 15-year marriage between Western Michigan University and gymnastics head coach Terry Karwoski has officially ended this week. Karwoski has decided to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh.

Karwoski’s tenure in Kalamazoo was fulfilled as she coached the Broncos for a dozen seasons after initially competing as a student-athlete for three years.

Despite all of this experience she will be returning to a familiar setting this upcoming season for the sake of her family.

“It’s definitely bittersweet because Kalamazoo has been my home for a very long time so it’s very hard to leave somewhere that you love,” Karwoski said.

“But I also know that the reason we are leaving is to keep our family together and Pennsylvania is actually my home state so it’s kinda like I’m going back home so I am excited for the future, but definitely will miss my Bronco roots.”

During her stint as a student-athlete for WMU, Karwoski played under the guidance of former-Head Coach Kathy Beauregard, where she was able to help lead the brown and gold to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1987.

As a head coach, she enjoyed equal success as she was twice donned as the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year (2000, 2006) and led the Broncos to another conference championship in 2006.

This feat would be one of her crowning achievements.

“My best memory without a doubt would be winning the Mid-American Conference championship in 2006,” Karwoski reflected.

“Seeing a group of young women just perform and love their sport and enjoy it in their home arena and end up with that first place finish. I sat in the arena that next day and just played it all back in my head over again and I will definitely take those memories with me.”

The memories of gymnastics success during Karwoski’s run in office are all that the WMU will be left to reflect upon.

The remembrance of her 75 total wins and 26 conference victories coupled with the retention of the flashbacks from nine of her gymnasts competing in 10 NCAA Regionals will have to serve the Broncos fans justice for the time being.

With the transition to Pittsburgh currently in the process of becoming a reality, Karwoski will bring a keen sense of knowledge and wisdom to instill into the athletes at her new university.

She also vows to continue to follow and to lend a helping hand to her former pupils if they decide to reach out for advice.

“Obviously I want them to embrace the next coaching staff that comes in and when you’re an athlete it’s all about you coming in and taking advantage of the coaching staff and the facility and being the best that you can be,” Karwoski said.

“I told the girls that it doesn’t change and that you’re still in command of your performance and obviously I will be keeping track of the Broncos because this place will always be near and dear to my heart.”

As the quest begins nationally for a new head coach, Kevin Anderson will take on the role of acting head coach until further notice.

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