Texas Woman’s University Assistant Gymnastics Coaches Garrett Griffeth and Courtney McCool Griffeth were hired by the University of Arkansas to assist with the Razorbacks gymnastics team, effective Monday. Each made a huge impact for TWU since 2014 and culminated the time in Denton with a USA Gymnastics National Championship in 2017.
Pioneer Head Coach Lisa Bowerman stated, “There are truly no words for what Garrett and Courtney have meant to me and to our program. They are both extremely talented coaches and remarkable people of character.
“Garrett’s passion for relationships and for this sport have helped bring exceptional student-athletes to our program and have played a big role in helping them continue to excel and improve in their time here.
“Courtney has big energy and an extensive knowledge in every area of the sport. She has a unique ability to pull out confidence and style in every gymnast she coaches, and that was certainly seen in our student-athletes.
“We wish their family the very best in this next chapter of their lives.”
Griffeth was acknowledged as the 2017 Midwest Independent Conference Assistant Coach of the Year. As the primary coach on vault and bars, Griffeth increased the season averages and high scores on both events. The lineups for the Pioneers had the highest level of difficulty in program history due to his diligent work with each of the gymnasts. His coaching directed TWU to the highest vault (49.175) and bars (48.975) scores within the MIC and Division II. He assisted the team to set the TWU team score record of 196.125, a record that had stood since 2003.
McCool Griffeth propelled the Pioneers through her creative choreography on floor exercise and balance beam along with precision and experience in both collegiate and professional gymnastics. She played a large part in the consistency on the floor rotation as the Pioneers posted a season-high 49.225 and a season average of 48.634. A highly decorated gymnast herself, She earned a silver medal with Team USA at the 2004 Olympics, as well as medals at the Pan American Games in 2003 and won multiple NCAA National Championship titles with the University of Georgia.
Garrett expressed, “It’s hard to put into words how grateful we are to Lisa for giving us the opportunity to work with this incredible program for the past four years.
A national search will begin immediately for an assistant coach.
American Airlines has gifted $50,000 to Dallas Women’s Foundation in honor of Bev Goulet, who recently retired after 24 years with the company. She served as executive vice president and chief integration officer since 2015. A strong supporter of the foundation, Goulet is a member of the foundation’s board and executive committee.
American Airlines honors its retiring officers with the opportunity to direct grants to organizations that mean the most to the retiree. Goulet directed the grant to the foundation to support its Young Women’s Initiative-Dallas, a new cross-sector effort to empower and affirm young women of color ages 16 to 24 from Dallas’ southern and western sectors. The multiyear initiative will be formally launched at the foundation’s Oct. 20 Annual Luncheon, which is the principal fundraiser in support of the organization’s work to advance women’s economic security and leadership in North Texas, and to drive positive social and economic change for women and girls through research, advocacy and grant-making.
Goulet said, “This gift is a reflection of the great heart of American Airlines, and I am very proud that the company made this grant in my honor to an organization and undertaking that mean so much to me personally. Dallas Women’s Foundation works on behalf of all women and girls, and in particular those who face the greatest social and economic challenges. Their work matters, and I am grateful to American for supporting it with this terrific gift.”
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, foundation president and CEO, said, “This generous gift from American Airlines is especially meaningful as it honors Bev, a true champion for women and girls, and provides early support for a critical new initiative that will launch later this fall. Bev Goulet is such an extraordinary example of a strong woman who is dedicated to making the world better for all. We are so fortunate that she is now lending her formidable leadership skills and knowledge to our work and mission.”
The foundation has raised $36.5 million of its $50 million Unlocking Leadership Campaign. For those interested in contributing, contact Shawn Wills at email@example.com.