Gymnastics News Network
By: Eileen Patchey
Carly Dockendorf has joined the Utah gymnastics staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Dockendorf, who will serve as the team’s choreographer, comes to Utah after six seasons at Seattle Pacific as an assistant gymnastics coach (2009, 2013-17) and three seasons as an assistant track and field coach (2010-12).
Returning to the SPU gymnastics staff in 2013, Dockendorf coached three national champions on floor and two on vault at the USA Gymnastics Championships (the USAG Championships feature Division II and Ivy League schools). She also coached 21 USAG All-Americans (11 on vault and 10 on floor). The Falcons placed third at the USAG National Championships from 2014-16 and three individuals advanced to the Division I NCAA Championships, including one on vault and two on floor.
During both stints on the Seattle Pacific gymnastics staff, Dockendorf was the head vault and floor coach, floor choreographer, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. She also assisted with the team’s social media presence. After her first year at SPU, she moved to the track and field staff, coinciding with her pursuit of a berth on the Canadian Olympic team as a pole vaulter.
While she narrowly missed making the team, she broke the Canadian indoor pole vault record by clearing 14 feet, 6 inches (4.42 meters) and earned a spot to compete for Canada at the Commonwealth Games in India, where she won a bronze medal. In 2011 she won the pole vault at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships and set the British Columbia Provincial record, jumping 4.45 meters.
Dockendorf brings “an incredible competitive background to the program”, said Utah co-head coach Tom Farden. “We are thrilled to have someone of Carly’s caliber join our staff. She is not only an outstanding choreographer, she also understands the rigors of competing in the Pac-12 and at a national level from her days as a student-athlete at Washington.”
A former All-America gymnast and pole vaulter for Washington, Dockendorf was the 2003 Pac-12 uneven bar champion, scoring a 10.0. It was one of a school-record six 10.0 scores for Dockendorf, who also had five perfect scores on floor. She won 48 event titles during her UW gymnastics career from 2002-05, including a school-record 24 titles on floor.
A 2003 second-team All-American on the floor exercise, three-time NCAA Regional champion and two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Dockendorf was Washington’s MVP in 2003 and 2005. She won the team’s Most Inspirational award in 2002 and 2004 and served as the Huskies captain in 2004 and 2005.
She took up pole vaulting as a sophomore, earning All-America honors with her sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She placed 11th at the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships.
Dockendorf became USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certified in 2016 and earned a certificate from the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy in Denver that same year.
A native of Port Moody, B.C., Dockendorf earned a bachelors degree in English with a minor in communications from Washington in 2006, where she was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection. She coached high school gymnastics (Shorecrest High School) and soccer (Seattle Academy of the Arts and Science) for three years before accepting the post at SPU.
Source: Utah Athletics
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