Georgia Tech swimming & diving head coach Courtney Shealy Hart hit the open water for a good cause
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Georgia Tech swimming and diving returns to action on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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Courtney Shealy Hart, a Georgia Tech assistant coach for two years, was named head coach of the Yellow Jackets’ swimming and diving programs on April 30, 2009.
Hart is the eighth head coach in the history of the program.
Thanks in part to deep recruiting classes and the development of talent, Hart has steadily built Georgia Tech into a program that can compete in the nationally recognized Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Since taking over the reins of the program, both the men’s and women’s team have consistently increased its points total at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships each year.
Hart has presided over a fantastic stretch for the Tech program that has seen multiple men’s swimmers compete in seven NCAA Championships since taking over the program before the start of the 2009-10 season. Since 2009, a total of 20 program records have been established multiple times on the men’s team and a total of 18 program records in both swimming and diving for the women’s team.
The success has extended beyond the pool as the Yellow Jackets have annually been one of the nation’s top academic swimming & diving programs. The men’s swimming & diving team has earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, while both the men’s and women’s programs annually earn CSCAA scholar all-America honors.
Hart spent one season (2006-07) as an assistant coach at North Florida prior to arriving on The Flats where she served as an assistant coach from 2007-09.
She helped guide North Florida to a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships and led nine individuals to top-16 finishes at the meet. She also guided one student-athlete to a top-eight finish in the conference championship meet.
Before heading into the coaching scene, Hart participated in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games for the United States. She took home a pair of gold medals in Sydney, Australia, in the 400 meter medley relay and 400 meter freestyle relay.
Hart also competed on the international scene in the Pan-American Games (1999, 2003), Pan Pacific (2002) and the United States World Cup Teams (2000-04).
At the University of Georgia, Hart led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA team championships in 1999 and 2000. She was named the 2000 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year after capturing individual national titles in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. She also captured NCAA titles as a member of the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams. She finished her NCAA career with 26 All-America honors, the most in UGA history, plus two more honorable mention citations.
Hart won nine individual Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles, 10 SEC relay crowns and set five conference records. She was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year in 2000.
After graduating from Georgia in 2001 cum laude with a degree in sports studies/communications, Hart worked as a motivational speaker for the NCAA, Coca-Cola, Healthsouth and Arby’s, and served as the director of the Golden West Swim Lessons Program in Huntington Beach, Calif., before heading to North Florida.
In the summer of 2013, Hart was inducted in to the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame, signifying both her achievements as a collegiate All-American and National Swimmer of the Year at the University of Georgia and as a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
Hart, who earned her master's degree in sports administration from Georgia in 2005, was inducted into the Irmo High School Hall of Fame in September 2017.
Hart and her husband, Justin, have two children - Jackson and Mara.