Carol Gwin is in her fourth season with the South Carolina Equestrian team. She was hired prior to the 2010-2011 season.
Gwin serves as the Hunter Seat coach for the two-time overall NCEA national championship team. She primarily coaches the Gamecocks' equitation over fences squad.
In her first four seasons at South Carolina, Gwin has led the Gamecocks to a 51-19 hunt seat record and a 50-20 mark in equitation over fences. Under Gwin's guidance, South Carolina's hunt seat team went 27-7 in a two year stretch beginning with the 2012-2013 season, including a perfect 18-0 mark during the 2013-2014 campaign.
South Carolina won the inaugurual SEC Championship in 2013, and became the first ever Gamecock program to win back-to-back SEC titles when Carolina won their second straight championship in 2014. The 2013-2014 team went 15-3, finishing as the national runner-up.
A 1996 graduate of Mary Washington College, Coach Gwin has been involved in collegiate equestrian for most of her life. She worked at Sweet Briar College from 1996-2000 as a riding instructor and head of the college's intercollegiate team before returning to Blacksburg, Va. to set up her own boarding and lesson business at Walnut Spring Stables.
Coach Gwin also coached the Radford University Equestrian team for seven years at Walnut Spring Stables. In the past 15 years, Coach Gwin has trained numerous student-athletes to local and national titles in the hunter industry. She rode on the Mary Washington College IHSA team in the open division for four years and has continued to produce quality horses for her clients to ride.
Coach 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 has been involved with the hunter seat industry since childhood at most capacities.
Gwin and her husband Shaun Leverton come to Blythewood after living in Blacksburg, Va. for the past 20 years.