Sara Carver-Milne enters her 15th season overall and her 14th year as head coach of the Brown gymnastics program in 2015-16 having coached some of the finest gymnasts in Brown history.
In 2015, Carver-Milne led the Bears to their highest regional qualifying score in program history as the team recorded a 193.650 RQS during the regular season. Carver-Milne guided Brown to an appearance in the USAG Collegiate National Championships for the third straight year and for the third time in program history. She mentored four USAG First Team All-Americans in Regan Butchness ’18, Jorden Mitchell ’17, Caroline Morant ’17, and Diana Walters ’16 and two NCAA Regional qualifiers in Mitchell and Walters.
The 2014 season marked the most successful year in Brown gymnastics history, during which Carver-Milne guided the Bears to a second-straight Ivy Classic Championship and the program's first-ever ECAC Championship. Brown hosted USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals and saw five gymnasts earn a total of nine All-American honors, including an All-Around Championship for Walters. Under Carver-Milne's watch, three Bears captured individual bids to the NCAA University Park Regional Championships while Morant was named ECAC Rookie of the Year.
Carver-Milne led Brown to a 2013 Ivy Classic title, which marked the program's first league crown since 1990. The Bears made it to the USAG Collegiate Nationals Team Finals under her watch, and she helped guide Julia Meyer ’13 and Emily Lutfey ’13 to All-American honors, as Meyer was recognized on the beam and Lutfey was recognized on the vault and floor
Carver-Milne began her career with the Bears serving as an assistant coach for one year, and was then named Head Coach in 2002. She made an immediate impact on her squad as she began to improve the team’s overall performance in every event. In 2003, she led Jayne Finst ’04 and Gina Verge ’04 to NCAA Regional all-around competition, and in 2004, led Finst to Regional competition.
She helped guide Finst to 2003 and 2004 ECAC Gymnast of the Year honors, and the 2004 Brown Athlete of the Year. Her squad finished 15-9 that season, and Carver-Milne was named the ECAC Coach of the Year.
Carver-Milne coached 2008 Olympic silver medalist Alicia Sacramone for one season before Sacramone turned pro in 2007. In that year, Sacramone was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and set school records on the vault, floor, and also in the all-around. She was also the first gymnast in history to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic while also setting a new Ivy Classic record in the all-around and tied the record on the vault. She was the Northeast Regional Floor Champion, and qualified to NCAA Nationals.
The Bears had an outstanding 2009 campaign, earning a spectacular second-place finish at the Ivy Classic, its best team-finish since 2002. Brown tallied its highest team score since the 2004 season, combining for a 189.575.
Carver-Milne’s student-athletes have also been regularly recognized for academic success. In 2015, the Bears placed 13 performers on the ECAC All-Academic Team while Walters earned an RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year award. In 2014, Michelle Shnayder ’14 was selected to the Capital One Academic All-American team and was named an ECAC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year with teammate Rebecca Freedman ’14. Brown Gymnastics regularly ranks in the Top 10 nationally in academic standing.
During the 2011 season, Chelsey Binkley ’11 garnered ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year while an impressive 14 student-athletes were selected to the ECAC All-Academic team. Brown's squad also ranked sixth nationally in team grade point average in the NACGC/W 2011 Academic Rankings, while eight Brown gymnasts were honored as NACGC/W Academic All-Americans. In 2009, Jennifer Sobuta ’09 was named the ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, as 10 athletes were named to the ECAC All-Academic team.
Prior to starting at Brown, Carver-Milne was a gymnast for 18 years and coached both an Elite-level private club gymnastics team in Texas and a high school girls' team. A 1997 graduate of Alaska-Anchorage, Carver-Milne was an NCAA gymnast and national competitor. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Communications. In addition to her duties at Brown, Carver-Milne is a volunteer at the American Heart Association. She resides in Providence, R.I., with her husband Stew and children Aiden and Camden.