A native of Algonquin, Ill., LaShawna Canty-Golden brings a plethora of competition and coaching experience back to her alma mater of UGA. Canty-Golden is helping to coach a variety of events for the Bulldogs in 2011.
Her coaching experience includes being the boys and girls jumps coach at Clarke Central High School in Athens from 2005-07. At the collegiate level, Canty-Golden was on the staff as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M University from 2007 to 2008 before returning to Athens.
While at Georgia, Canty-Golden (known as LaShawna Canty before she got married) was 10th at the 2003 SEC Outdoor Championships in the high jump while also earning runner-up honors at the Spec Towns Invitational and finishing fifth at the Sea Ray Relays. Her personal-best height in the high jump was 6 feet.
After starting her collegiate career at Ole Miss, Canty-Golden graduated with an Associate of Science with an emphasis in Art from Meridian Community in 2002 while also graduating from Elgin Community with an Associate of Science, an emphasis in Business, that same year. Thanks to her success at Elgin, Canty-Golden was asked to be the speaker for the institution's graduating ceremonies.
Canty-Golden was a standout student-athlete at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. Three times named to the Northern Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association All-State teams in 1998-2000, she was the IHSA state runner-up in the high jump in 1998 and 1999. She captured four Fox Valley Conference championships while also winning the 1999 USATF Illinois Junior Championships. Canty-Golden completed her career as the 1999 and 2000 AAU National Junior Olympic champion.
In addition to running the 100-meter high hurdles, Canty-Golden was the 2000 AAU Regional Junior Olympic champion in the long jump and the McHenry county champion in the event in 1997.
She later received her Bachelor of Science in Housing and Consumer Science from UGA in 2007.
She is married to Robert Golden and they have two children named Jaden (7) and Jorden (5).