Georgia Gymnastics Notebook: Former Gym Dogs Earns Ph.D.
Heather Stepp McCormick was inducted in the UGA Circle of Honor in 2006.

March 27, 2014

ATHENS-----Former Georgia gymnastics standout Heather Stepp McCormick earned her Ph.D. recently from UGA.

McCormick, who led the Gym Dogs to the 1993 NCAA title, earned her Ph.D. in the College of Education’s Kinesiology/Sport Management and Policy program. Her dissertation is titled “An Exploratory Study of Football Student-Athlete Sport-to-Profession Transition: Searching for a Comprehensive Student-Athlete Career Development Program.”

McCormick was one of Georgia most decorated gymnasts, winning three individual national titles and two individual SEC titles. At the time of her graduation, she held the UGA record on every event including the all-around. She was named All-America a total of nine times. 

A native of Mt. Clements, Mich., McCormick – now a “Triple Dawg” - earned her bachelor’s degree from UGA’s Terry College of Business in 1994 and her master’s degree in Sport Management in 1996. She currently serves as Regional Director for UGA’s Office of Development. 

OFF WEEK: The current Gym Dogs - for the first time this year - will have a scheduled week off from competition leading up to the NCAA Regional on Saturday, April 5. Georgia did not compete the weekend of Feb. 14, only because its home against Missouri was canceled due to a winter storm. 

The regional field also includes Michigan, Central Michigan, Ohio State, NC State and Rutgers. The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala.

TICKETS: NCAA Regional tickets are available for purchase at or by calling the UGA Ticket Office at 1-877-542-1231. Tickets for adults are $12, while youth tickets are $9. 

NEW FORMAT: There is a new format for determining the rotation pairings for day one of team competition at the NCAA Championships next month in Birmingham. The national qualifying score (NQS) that was used in previous years has been eliminated, and now the seeding determined at the time of selections will be followed throughout the national championships.



This year, standard bracketing procedures will be followed with teams seeded 1 (Florida), 4 (Alabama), 5 (Utah), 8 (UCLA), 9 (Nebraska) and 12 (Oregon State) placed on the left side of the bracket and teams seeded 2 (Oklahoma), 3 (LSU), 6 (Georgia), 7 (Michigan), 10 (Stanford) and 11 (Illinois) placed on the right side of the bracket. The top two teams from the Penn State, Arkansas and Washington regionals will compete in one of the semifinals on April 18, and the top two teams from the Minnesota, Georgia and LSU regionals will compete in the other semifinal.

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