Lauren Karnitz enters her 11th season as the head women’s gymnastics coach at UW-Oshkosh.
During the 2014 season, Karnitz was named both the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women Division III West Region and WIAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Titans to a fifth-place finish at the NCGA Championship, where UW-Oshkosh scored a then-school-record 188.475 points.
Karnitz has coached eight Titans to 19 All-America awards – Kelly Busacker (2008 uneven bars), MaryAnn Oehlerking (2009 uneven bars), Stacie Jenkins (2009 all-around, 2010 floor exercise), Leane Blais (2013-14 uneven bars), Krystal Walker (2013-16 all-around, 2013-15 balance beam, 2013 vault, 2014 uneven bars, 2015 floor exercise), Jessica Bernardo (2017 all-around), Dana LoCascio (2017 balance beam) and Baylee Tkaczuk (2017 uneven bars).
In 2017, Karnitz tutored Baylee Tkaczuk to an NCGA individual title on the uneven bars. The Titans produced a program-record score of 191.250 at Centenary College (La.) and had three All-America performances at the NCGA Championship while garnering nine selections to the NCGA All-Academic Team.
Karnitz helped Walker garner NCGAC West Region Gymnast of the Year honors in 2015.
In 2008, Karnitz’s first season, Vanessa Virbitsky earned the WIAC’s Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete award. Karnitz has also had nine gymnasts receive NCGA All-Academic Team honors.
Karnitz competed for the Titans from 2003-06. She earned All-WIAC honors in the floor exercise during 2004 and qualified for the floor exercise event finals at the 2006 NCGA Championship. With Karnitz as team captain, UW-Oshkosh placed third at the 2006 NCGA Championship.
Karnitz earned a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Professional Counseling from UW-Oshkosh. She resides in Neenah with her husband, Bruce, a former UW-Oshkosh baseball player, and daughter, Quinn.