Terry Karwoski enters her fifth season as an assistant coach with the Panthers' gymnastics program, after having served as head coach at Western Michigan University from 1997 to 2009.
Terry is the primary vault and floor coach, and brings a wealth of experience to the Panthers coaching staff. As head coach of the WMU Broncos, Karwoski led the squad to two championship titles in 2006 as Mid-American Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions. Her athletes were regular participants as individual qualifiers to the NCAA Central Regional Championships. Named MAC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2006, Karwoski's athletes also excelled in the classroom producing many NACGC/W Academic All-Americans each season and a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in 2008.
"Terry is a teacher and a technician," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "Having been a head coach for so long, she has done it all and there are not many situations she has not run into. She has experience in all levels of program administration and is a great sounding board and problem solver! In addition Terry is a very positive role model for the student-athletes. The two of us share a mentor in Ernestine Weaver, former Florida (and Clarion State College) Head Coach, one of the pioneers in NCAA Gymnastics. It's a pleasure to have someone of Terry's caliber on our staff."
Karwoski was honored along with assistant Mike Rowe as 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year and coached former Panther Mallory Brewer to an EAGL Floor Championship in 2011. She played a huge role in recently-graduated Alyssa Adrian's unexpected EAGL All-Around title as she was instrumental in Alyssa closing her career with her first and only collegiate vault/AA performances.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities Karwoski works specifically with the Panther gymnastics marketing staff, as well as the Life Skills staff on community service and promotional events for the team.
A native of Doylestown, Pa., Karwoski trained at Central Bucks School of Gymnastics and Dance and was coached by Tom Ford and Bob Schultz in her compulsory and early optional years. During her high school years Karwoski trained at Berks Gymnastics Academy under Tom McCarthy and Rich Fiorentino and earned a gymnastics scholarship to Northern Illinois University.
She transferred as a sophomore to Western Michigan University where she competed for head coach and current AD Kathy Beauregard. Karwoski was a team member of Beauregard's MAC championship team in 1988. It was Beauregard, along with Weaver, who encouraged Karwoski to get into coaching and ultimately hired her as the head coach of the Broncos program in 1997.
Karwoski joins her husband Chris at Pitt; he is an assistant coach for the Pitt men's soccer team. They have four children: Corry (a senior at Pitt), Kelly (a sophomore at Pitt), Kathryn (8) and Jack (6).