SMU and South Carolina square off in round one
Four Rider of the Year Awards, Five All-Conference Team Selections, UEC MOP
Eight Different Riders Earn Wins
SMU Will Take On No. 4-Seed UT Martin Friday at 11 a.m. CT/10 MT
Nine Different Mustangs Earn Victories; Raposa Earns 10th MOP of the Season
Carol Gwin enters her second season as the head coach of the equestrian program in 2015-16. Gwin took over the team in 2014-15 after four seasons as an assistant at two-time national champion South Carolina. During the first year under the helm of Gwin, the team went to the NCEA National Championships.
Gwin served as the hunt seat coach, and also directed the program's equitation over fences squad. During her tenure with the Gamecocks, Gwin led her teams to a 51-19 hunt seat record and a 50-20 mark in equitation over fences. During the 2013-14 season, South Carolina's hunt seat team posted a perfect 18-0 record.
Overall, Gwin helped lead the Gamecocks to the inaugural SEC championship in 2013. South Carolina successfully defended its SEC title in 2014 and finished as the national runner-up. She coached five student-athletes to eight All-SEC Team honors in the past two seasons, and Katherine Schmidt was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2014 NCEA National Championships in equitation over fences, as well as Rider of the Year in the SEC under Gwin's guidance.
Gwin is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia after four years on the IHSA team, where she competed in the open division. She began her coaching career at Sweet Briar College, leading the program for four years before going to Radford University.
She set up her own business at Walnut Spring Stables, establishing a premiere hunter/jumper boarding and lesson facility on a 750 acre farm in Blacksburg, Va. Gwin is a past president of the SWVHJA, a member of the USHJA and USEF, and has judged locally throughout Virginia over the past twenty years. She is currently serving as the chairwoman of the NCEA promotions committee.