After one year as Utah’s volunteer coach and choreographer, Carly Dockendorf was promoted to a full-time position as the team’s director of recruiting and player development in July.
The first recruiting director in program history, Dockendorf is intricately involved in all aspects of recruiting, including strategy, database management, on-campus official and unofficial visits, and recruiting travel.
Her duties as the director of player development include serving as a liaison between the Utah gymnasts and campus departments, tracking academic progress reports, study table hours and mentor meetings. She also assists incoming freshman gymnasts in their transition to the collegiate environment.
As a volunteer coach last year, the former Canadian National team member and two-sport NCAA All-American helped Utah boast one of the best floor teams in the country. MyKayla Skinner and Sydney Soloski won All-America honors on floor at the NCAA Championships and Skinner and MaKenna Merrell-Giles were regular season All-Americans. Skinner won the Pac-12 floor title and tied with Merrell-Giles for the regional floor title.
Dockendorf, whose background includes a decade of college coaching, also has previous experience as a recruiting coordinator, serving in the same role with the Seattle Pacific gymnastics team from 2013-17. She spent six years at Seattle Pacific as an assistant gymnastics coach (2009, 2013-17) and three years as SPU’s assistant track and field coach (2010-12). She also coached at Falcon Gymnastics Center from 2012-17 before joining the Ute staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Dockendorf was SPU’s vault and floor coach, choreographer, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach in her two stints on the gymnastics staff. In between, she served as an assistant track and field coach at SPU for three years while pursuing a berth on the Canadian Olympic team as a pole vaulter.
While she narrowly missed making the team, she broke the Canadian indoor pole vault record by clearing 14 feet, 6 inches (4.42 meters) and earned a spot to compete for Canada at the Commonwealth Games in India, where she won a bronze medal. In 2011 she won the pole vault at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships and set the British Columbia Provincial record, jumping 4.45 meters.
Dockendorf returned to the SPU gymnastics staff in 2013 and would conclude her career there with three USA Gymnastics national champions on floor and two vault (the USAG Championships are for Division II and Ivy League schools). She also coached 21 USAG All-Americans (11 on vault and 10 on floor). The Falcons placed third at the USAG National Championships from 2014-16 and three individuals advanced to the Division I NCAA Championships, including one on vault and two on floor.
An All-America gymnast and pole vaulter for Washington, Dockendorf was the 2003 Pac-12 uneven bar champion, scoring a 10.0. It was one of a school-record six 10.0 scores for Dockendorf, who also had five perfect scores on floor. She won 48 event titles during her UW gymnastics career from 2002-05, including a school-record 24 titles on floor.
A 2003 second-team All-American on the floor exercise, three-time NCAA Regional champion and two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Dockendorf was Washington’s MVP in 2003 and 2005. She won the team’s Most Inspirational award in 2002 and 2004 and served as the Huskies’ captain in 2004 and 2005.
She took up pole vaulting as a sophomore, earning All-America honors with her sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She placed 11th at the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships.
Dockendorf earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communications from Washington in 2006, where she was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection. She coached one year of high school gymnastics at Shorecrest High School and coached the track and soccer teams at the Seattle Academy of the Arts and Science for three years before accepting the post at SPU.
Dockendorf became USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certified in 2016 and earned a certificate from the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy in Denver that same year.
The Port Moody, B.C., native is married to Henry Ruggiero, the director of physical performance for the Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer team. They have two daughters: Crosby and Hayden.
Director of Recruiting and Player Development
Director of Recruiting and Player Development
2018 Volunteer Assistant Coach
2012-17 Falcon Gymnastics Center
2009-17 Seattle Pacific
2013-17 Assistant Gymnastics Coach
2010-12 Assistant Track and Field Coach
2009 Assistant Gymnastics Coach
2006-08 Seattle Academy of the Arts & Science
Head JV Soccer Coach
Assistant Track and Field Coach
2007 Shoreline High School
Head Gymnastics Coach
NCAA & Regular Season All-Americans: 4
USAG National Champions: 5
USAG All-Americans: 21
Bachelor’s in English
Hometown: Port Moody, B.C.
Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1983
Married: Henry Ruggiero
Children: Crosby, Hayden