Lauren Karnitz enters her 12th season as the head women’s gymnastics coach at UW-Oshkosh.
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 (2017-18 uneven bars).
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.
Last season, Karnitz helped Tkaczuk claim her second straight NCGA uneven bars title. Tkaczuk became the second Titan to win consecutive NCGA individual championships and the first since Amy Webb won the floor exercise in 1992 and 1993. UW-Oshkosh capped the season with five gymnasts earning WCGA Scholastic All-America honors.
In 2017, Karnitz tutored 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.