Entering her 13th season with the Brown gymnastics team in
2014-15, Sara Carver-Milne has coached some of the finest gymnasts
in Brown gymnastics history.
2014 marked the most successful season 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 Diana Walters '16. Under Carver-Milne's watch, three Bears captured individual bids to the NCAA University Park Regional Championships, while Caroline Morant '17 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
USA Gymnastics 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. Carver-Milne 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.
Carver-Milne 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.
More recently, 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 the history of the Ivy League to finish first on every event and win the all-around at the Ivy Classic, while also setting 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. Also, Brown tallied its highest team score since the 2004 season, combining for a 189.575.
Carver-Milne’s athletes have also been regularly recognized for academic success in both the NCAA and in ECAC. 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. 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. Most impressively, Brown Gymnastics has ranked in the Top 10 nationally in academic standing for the past six years. More recently, Chelsey Binkley '11 was selected an ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year while an impressive 14 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.
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. Carver-Milne resides in Providence, R.I. with her husband Stew and children Aiden and Camden.